Political pressure builds for reform of EU competition policy

Written by Rory Coutts on 14 Nov 2018

Governments and regulators are actively considering how competition policy should respond to the growth of the digital economy. A forthcoming report from the European Parliament provides an insight into the state of the debate in Brussels.

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The patchwork of digital tax proposals in Europe

Written by David Abrahams on 09 Nov 2018

While discussions continue on the European Commission’s proposals for a harmonised Digital Services Tax, a number of different approaches to taxing online service providers and platforms is emerging across Europe.  With the UK the latest EU country to consider going it alone, we look at who is proposing what when it comes to digital services taxes.

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Top 3 On-Demand Transport Stories in Europe This Week - 8 Nov 2018

Written by David Abrahams on 08 Nov 2018

This week's top 3 stories: BMW and Daimler get the greem light, Bird launches trial in London, new rise hailing rules in Portugal.

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Top 3 On-Demand Mobility Stories in Europe - 1 Nov 2018

Written by David Abrahams on 01 Nov 2018

This week's top 3 stories: Report highlights licensing problems for UK taxi and private hire drivers, VW and Intel working on autonomous ride-hailing in Israel, electric scooters to be legalised in Germany. 

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Beyond Data Protection: Shaping the Ethical Use of Data in the UK

Written by Conor Brennan on 01 Nov 2018

Major advances in data gathering, which enable new business applications powered by automated machine processing or artificial intelligence, present new challenges for policymakers. 
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The EU Digital Single Market programme reaches the endgame

Written by Shomik Panda on 31 Oct 2018

Last week the European Commission presented its latest Work Programme, which laid out its main priorities for 2019. A number of significant regulatory issues for the tech sector still need to be finalised before May 2019’s European elections. These include all remaining Digital Single Market (DSM) initiatives and several other legislative initiatives that fall outside of the DSM umbrella.

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Top 3 On-Demand Transport Stories in Europe This Week - 25 Oct 2018

Written by David Abrahams on 25 Oct 2018

1. Going green in London

This week has seen a number of green initiatives in London's competitive ride-hailing market. With CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in town and on a charm offensive, Uber made a number of announcements, including that it will be adding £0.15 per mile to the price of every ride in London to create a fund to to help drivers switch to electric vehicles. With an aim of all Ubers in London being fully electric by 2025, the company also announced a number of measures to support the roll out of more charging points in London.

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How UK Government is helping virtual and augmented reality flourish

Written by Megan Stagman on 24 Oct 2018

TechCrunch estimates the immersive tech industry will be worth $108 billion in 2021. Citi estimate $569 billion by 2025. But despite these staggering projections, many people’s understanding of the technologies fails to extend beyond the viral sensation of Pokemon Go.

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Unleashing the drone revolution: the 5 questions that need to be answered

Written by Olaf Cramme on 15 Oct 2018

Drone regulation is at a crossroads. All over Europe, and of course other parts of the world, policymakers are trying to figure out how best to deal with this emerging technology that barely mattered ten years ago but now promises to create a multibillion-Euro market.

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