Personal data mobility: the new front in the battle for the digital economy

Written by Olaf Cramme on 30 May 2019

Data portability rules in GDPR do very little to alter the balance of power in the digital economy. Could a shift to an economy based on data mobility give individuals true control over their personal data, tackle antitrust concerns around big tech, and strengthen workers in the gig economy?

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EU elections 2019: The MEP candidates who matter for the tech sector

Written by Denisa Avram on 22 May 2019

The European Parliamentary elections taking place on 23-26 May 2019 will be the most significant yet for the tech sector. Ahead of the poll, we have produced a short guide to the key MEP candidates to watch when it comes to the big issues for the tech sector and the broader digital economy.

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The political agendas driving reform of competition policy

Written by Rory Coutts on 29 Apr 2019

The European Commission's external expert report on “Competition policy for the digital era” is part of the developing debate on how EU competition policy should be reformed which is now moving beyond economic theory to become increasingly political.

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Can data sharing survive the new data protection regime?

Written by Conor Brennan on 05 Mar 2019

Nine months after "GDPR day" our new briefing paper assesses the fallout of the new EU data protection regime, the emerging trends in regulation of data sharing and how industry is responding. 

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Is Europe offering a Third Way in technology regulation?

Written by Olaf Cramme on 19 Feb 2019

At the end of last year, the Financial Times’ Innovation Editor John Thornhill raised an intriguing question about the extent to which Europe is seeking to define a ‘third way’ in technology regulation that sets it apart from the predominantly libertarian and authoritarian approaches in the US and China respectively.

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2019 will be a critical year for online platforms in Europe

Written by Rory Coutts on 31 Jan 2019

The coming year is set to be an important period for online platforms in Europe. Having previously paid little regard to online platforms, EU policymakers are now laying the foundations for a more definitive approach to regulating this growing sector of the economy.

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Europe's big tech tax: the latest proposals for a digital services tax

Written by Inline Policy on 11 Dec 2018

The EU’s Member States have failed to agree on the introduction of a tax on revenues from digital services. But pressure from the European Commission, European Parliament and EU citizens indicate that this is not an issue that is going to disappear any time soon.

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An Introduction to the proposed 'Platform to Business' Regulation

Written by Inline Policy on 29 Nov 2018

The EU is planning new rules to govern the relationship between online platforms and the businesses which use them to offer goods or services to consumers. These rules are aimed at online platforms and search engines which rank

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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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UK kicks off review of competition in digital markets

Written by David Abrahams on 20 Sep 2018

Yesterday the UK Government's panel conducting a review of competition in digital markets met for the first time at the Treasury in London. The terms of reference, which were published to accompany the meeting, provide initial questions that illustrate the breadth of this review and why the tech sector needs to take it seriously.

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What are the EU institutions doing to lead on Distributed Ledger Technology?

Written by Inline Policy on 06 Sep 2018

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), sometimes referred to as blockchain, is coming under increased scrutiny by policy makers in the EU institutions. We have produced a one page guide highlighting the key initiatives which companies using DLT should be following.

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Does your business need a public affairs agency?

Written by David Abrahams on 28 Aug 2018

Innovation in the tech sector is moving at a rapid pace, and the companies driving these innovations are increasingly facing political and regulatory hurdles. Business leaders are at risk of being affected by outdated laws and hastily introduced regulations that negatively impact on their operations and growth prospects.

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Is the policy world a hostile environment for the tech sector?

Written by David Abrahams on 21 Aug 2018

It is increasingly clear that we are reaching an inflection point in the digital revolution. The widespread digital optimism that has dominated the view of the public and policy makers for the past 20 years is being tempered by increasing concerns about the impact technology is having on our lives.

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Will the new Secretary of State for Digital be good or bad news for tech?

Written by Megan Stagman on 24 Jul 2018

Jeremy Wright MP succeeds an unquestionably pro-technology Secretary of State for Digital, but his lack of previous interest in the sector may actually be a good thing for the tech industry.

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Big tech deserves a better political debate – here’s why

Written by Olaf Cramme on 18 Jul 2018

In the latest drama of EU pushback against ruling US technology companies, the European Commission has finally revealed the most recent findings of its investigation into the business practices of Google, handing down a staggering €4.3bn fine.

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The top 5 most important European Parliamentary questions for the tech sector this year

Written by Rory Coutts on 10 Jul 2018

MEPs ask thousands of questions to the European Commission each year and during the 2009-2014 term of the European Parliament, over 10,000 questions were tabled. At Inline, our job is to cut through the noise, so here are the five most important questions for the tech sector from the past 12 months.

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Digital agenda vs populist revolt: which call will Austria answer?

Written by Inline Policy on 05 Jun 2018

The world’s youngest leader, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, will take the helm of the Council of the EU in July and the headlines will be dominated by his plans to toughen EU immigration policy. Behind the scenes Austria’s Digital Minister, Margarete Schramböck, will be pushing ahead towards agreement on the Commission’s package of proposals in the digital sector.

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EU Digital Single Market Strategy – Has Brussels gone from friend to foe of the tech sector?

Written by Shomik Panda on 22 May 2018

As Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to answer questions for the first time in the European Parliament, it is a good time to take stock of the EU's Digital Single Market Strategy, assess its successes, and consider the new regulations and policy proposals coming from the European Commission.

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Emerging from the smoke – Vaping as disruptive innovation

Written by Megan Stagman on 15 May 2018

In a modern world that is churning out technological innovations in sectors that did not even exist 20 years ago, many people will have common conceptions of what constitutes ‘disruptive technology’: the rise of robots, smart cities and self-driving cars. And yet, equally disruptive are the technologies that are developing within sectors that have prospered for centuries.

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