EURACTIV Digital Editor Samuel Stolton gives a breakdown of the week’s biggest European tech news in the world of politics and policy.
The plight of the Platform Workers
This week we take a look at the Commission’s plans for protecting the future of platform workers in the EU. You’ll hear from Commission representatives on the EU’s future objectives in this field, and we also speak to Ludovic Voet, Confederal Secretary at European Trade Union Confederation on the need to better protect the workers of the gig economy in Europe.
5G in France
This week we take a look at what’s in store for the future of 5G in the EU, with a particular focus on recent developments in France.For a full breakdown of all of the most important stories over the past 7 days in this patch, sign up to my free newsletter or take a look at it online at Euractiv.com
A Digital Euro
This Spring, the European Central Bank will decide whether or not to move ahead with preparatory work to launch a digital euro, a project that could have far-reaching implications for the very foundations of the financial system.Central bankers were given a wake up call in 2019, following Facebook’s announcement of its intentions to develop its own digital currency, which was called ‘Libra’ and now ‘Diem’ in Summer 2019, and since then discussions have been taking place at the ECB with regards to the notion of the ECB developing its own digital currency.
The Black screens of Poland.
A range of private media outlets went off the air in Poland on Wednesday running blank pages and slogans such as “this used to be your favourite programme,” in protest against a proposed media advertising tax they say threatens journalistic independence and diversity.The blackout came a day after many publishing groups objected to the planned tax in an open letter to authorities and political leaders.
The future of EU robotics.
The development of next generation robotics technologies, has been cited as an important part of the EU’s future economic growth and recovery. But there are also perilous pitfalls at play, should the bloc overlook various policy challenges, in terms of high-risk robotics, data protection, and consumer rights. This week will delve into the future of EU robotics, to give you an exclusive insight into what’s in store.
Surveilling Europe’s borders
The EU is deploying drone technology to surveil its external borders. How ethical are practices such as these? This week Samuel Stolton speaks to an MEP who has taken the lead in making this an important issue for the EU to examine.