Digital Single Market

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway, and the member states of the European Union have fallen behind China and the United States in developing the necessary infrastructure to fully leverage its potential. The strength of the EU is its diversity of cultures and languages, but in the case of innovation, this diversity is proving to be a barrier to scaling new developments. While trade in goods may be high, digital trade remains limited by lack of harmonisation in digital markets, and the interventions of certain states that make investment more cumbersome.

Failing to make the necessary investments to develop a 21st Century digital infrastructure in time will put the EU at a competitive disadvantage in global markets, hampering economic growth for the foreseeable future. At the foundation of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things, which promise huge gains in productivity, is the need for robust digital infrastructures and the accessibility of next generation bandwidth technologies.

The Consumer Choice Center’s Digital Single Market campaign seeks to better the existing digital foundations of the European Union by contributing to the liberalisation and harmonisation of the European Digital Market.

Publications

Liberalising and Harmonising European Digital Markets Paper

By Luca Bertoletti & Ryan Khurana

On 10 October, Consumer Choice Center’s Luca Bertoletti and Bill Wirtz handed the Consumer Choice Center’s Digital Single Market Research Paper to the European Commission’s Head of E-Commerce.

Events

Telecom and Media Innovation Summit

On January 23rd, 2019, we hosted a Telecom and Media Innovation Summit in Davos to examine how current innovations in the digital sphere will positively impact consumers in global markets going forward into the 21st century. South America already is.

Media Hits

Deimantė Rimkutė: Tavo (ne)privatumas 5G interneto amžiuje Skaitykite daugiau:

Galbūt iš pirmo žvilgsnio ši frazė gali būti priimta nerūpestingai: „na, ir kas?“ Žinoma, gal ir nieko blogo. Juk būtent dėl to gauname pasiūlymus, kurie kur kas aktualesni. Surinkti duomenys suteikia galimybę paslauga džiaugtis nemokant papildomos naudojimosi kainos. Tačiau lazda turi du galus; didėjantis duomenų surinkimo kiekis atneša ir...

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Attempts To Block Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency May Backfire

Consumer group: Congressional attempt to block Facebook‘s Libra cryptocurrency harms consumer choice and will backfire Washington, D.C. – Days after Facebook announced its new Libra cryptocurrency project, federal lawmakers issued stark warnings to the social media platform, and have now requested the project be put on ice. The lawmakers issuing the warnings were Rep. Maxime Waters, chair of the House...

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Winter is Coming para programas como Game of Thrones no Brasil

O inverno não começou apenas no hemisfério sul, mas também pode começar em breve para milhões de telespectadores brasileiros. Uma regulamentação poderá em breve ser responsável pelo desaparecimento de programas como o Game of Thrones e eventos esportivos, como a Liga dos Campeões da UEFA das nossas televisões. Se...

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Winter is Coming for shows like Game of Thrones in Brazil

Winter has not just started in the southern hemisphere but it might also start soon for millions of Brazilian TV viewers. One piece of regulation might soon be responsible for shows such as Game of Thrones and sports events such as the UEFA Champions League disappearing from our TV...

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EU-US Talks On 5G Network Infrastructure Is Good News For Consumers

Brussels, BE – Yesterday, the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial had a meeting in Brussels during which among other topics participants recognised that the deployment of 5G network infrastructure needs to be addressed as a matter of priority, as it might pose significant security risks. The European Union and the...

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Pourquoi Libra est critiquée avant même son lancement ?

Au consommateur de décider si c’est un bon système ou pas ? Du côté des consommateurs, Consumer Choice Center, équivalent de Que-Choisir à travers le monde, regrette que les législateurs réclament la suspension du projet : « Contrôler la réglementation sur Internet et les sociétés financières est important, mais la mentalité de“légiférer d’abord, d’innover plus tard”, qui est apparue...

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Consumer body challenges US lawmakers over Facebook crypto

A consumer advocacy group has challenged US lawmakers over their threats on Facebook’s new crypto-currency, Libra. This, after Facebook was summoned to appear before the US Senate Banking Committee over its plans to launch a crypto-currency next year. On Tuesday, the social media doyen shared plans for Calibra, a newly...

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Political opposition to Facebook’s Libra harms consumer choice and will backfire, warns consumer body

Just hours after Facebook announced its new Libra cryptocurrency project, European politicians issued stark warnings calling for tighter regulation of the platform. Some of the most vocal opponents are French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Markus Ferber, a German member of the European Parliament. In response, Fred Roeder, Managing Director at the...

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Consumer privacy must be priority

Nearly every day we hear of more major cases of identity theft, financial crime and other forms of attacks or malicious interference on the internet. Breaches become commonplace and lax standards leave consumers worried about how their information is safeguarded. The colossal breaches at British Airways and Marriott and...

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Consumer privacy must be priority

Nearly every day we hear of more major cases of identity theft, financial crime and other forms of attacks or malicious interference on the internet. Breaches become commonplace and lax standards leave consumers worried about how their information is safeguarded. The colossal breaches at British Airways and Marriott and...

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We Must Make Consumer Privacy a Priority

Nearly every day we hear of more major cases of identity theft, financial crime and other forms of attacks or malicious interference on the internet. Breaches become commonplace and lax standards leave consumers worried about how their information is safeguarded. The colossal breaches at British Airways and Marriott and...

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Opinion: Facebook trustbusters motivated by partisan politics, not consumer protection

Channeling the spirit of Theodore Roosevelt and nostalgia for the early 20th century Progressive Era, the latest bad idea being circulated in elite circles is to use the trust-busting power of the federal government to break up the social network Facebook. The idea has been promoted by such Democratic...

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