Digital Communications

  • Europe’s E-Privacy Regulation: A balanced approach for privacy and innovation?

    On 10 January the Commission put forward its E-Privacy proposal that seeks to address the privacy of electronic communications. In particular it sets the parameters through which one’s online communication can be access and used. The Commission has chosen a privacy oriented approach, addressing the issue from an end-user perspective. For industry the proposal sets new…

  • EU data economy: Let the data flow… or maybe not?

    As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has proposed a Communication on 10 January outlining policy and legal solutions that will unleash the EU’s data economy. Initial reactions by industry showed disappointment with the Communication across many sectors. What does the new Communication add to the ongoing controversial debate on data?…

  • Crisis communications: failing to plan is planning to fail

    Why every business needs a solid crisis communications plan John F Kennedy once said that the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. While he was talking about the US economy, the same goes for crisis management in protecting corporate reputation. In today’s fast-paced world – marked by a 24-7 news…

  • MEPs’ Twitter conversations in March 2016 – Turkey

    This month, we were looking what members of the European Parliament and their followers on Twitter had to say about Turkey.  In March, Turkey was the second most commented topic with 8.957 tweets, second only after Brexit, which was the favourite topic of UK MEPs with 9.491 tweets. Turkey’s instrumental role in the refugee crisis…

  • MEP’s on Twitter in February 2016 – overrepresenting the extremes

    More than 75% of Members of the European Parliament  share their views with the public on Twitter.  But what does this say about the influence of social media on the balance of power in the European Parliament and about the impact of MEPs on the general audience? To gain a better understanding, we have monitored…

  • Coding for the 21st Century Workplace

      Coding is the new literacy standard of the 21st century. Learning your ABCs was enough to compete in the market in 20th century, but today you also need Java, Ruby, C# or C++. Unfortunately, this statement doesn’t make sense to many corporates and their personnel as they don’t see the relevance of coding for…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry finally launched

    On the same day as the Digital Single Market package was announced, the EU competition watchdog, Commissioner Vestager, launched the long awaited e-commerce sector inquiry that companies from all sectors and industries were waiting for with bated breath. FTI Consulting Brussels’ competition team already published a snapshot exploring the background of the Commission’s e-commerce sector…

  • The Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy

    Announcing the DSM strategy in Brussels on 6 May, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, together with Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger, have outlined their strategy for 2015-2016. It is a highly ambitious roadmap which is likely to have a major impact across the EU and beyond, not just…

  • Democratising coding to drive growth

    Coding is the 21st century literacy. From Elon Musk to Andrus Ansip, everyone is urging kids to learn to code. A European Commission report says that Europe is currently short of some 500,000 ICT jobs in development, analysis and management, a number that is set to nearly double by 2020. At the same time, unemployment…

  • EU-US digital relations

    How to define the digital transatlantic relations between the EU and the US? Having attended the AmCham EU 2nd Annual Transatlantic Conference last week, it was refreshing to see that cooperation and trust remain the key priorities in a relationship which has sometimes been tense. As often seen in these conferences, the panel really got…

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