Technology

  • DSM and ecommerce – opening up cross-border competition

    On 24 September the European Commission launched a public consultation into geoblocking and other geographically-based restrictions to shopping and accessing information in the EU. Every ecommerce business now has until the end of December to make their case on what constitutes justified geoblocking. Consumers and consumer groups, who have generally been critical of geoblocking, have…

  • Understanding platforms, online intermediaries and the sharing economy

    Summer is over, but autumn is opening the way to long awaited public consultations and more action from the European Commission. Last May the European Commission adopted its strategy to complete the Digital Single Market strategy (DSM) with the aim of generating up to €250bn worth of additional growth in Europe. While the strategy clearly…

  • Time to seal the EU-US deal on data transfers

    After four years of negotiations between the EU and the US, the text of the bilateral data protection ‘Umbrella Agreement’ has just been sealed. The Umbrella Agreement ensures the equal data protection rights of every US and EU citizens when it comes to criminal data transfers of personal information, such as names, addresses, criminal records,…

  • Filling the Gender Gap In STEM, a view from Ladies Who Code in Europe and Asia

    On a sunny Thursday afternoon, FTI Consulting hosted a panel of women in various fields to discuss obstacles, possibilties and importance of filling the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Together at the FTI Consulting Brussels office, the group moderated by Cheryl Miller is Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute, talked about what it…

  • 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…

  • Europe goes for telecom reform – dynamic overhaul or business as usual?

    The European Commission has published part of its plans to assess and reform Europe’s Telecoms Rules. In our latest snapshot Marcus Pepperell and Orestis Kalliantzidis from FTI Consulting’s Telco team provide an overview of the proposals, expected timetable and how and when stakeholders can potentially get involved.

  • The General Data Protection Regulation – a light at the end of the tunnel ?

      The overhaul of the EU’s data protection rules, a crucial foundation for a successful Digital Single Market, is finally regaining momentum on its way to final adoption. The General Data Protection Regulation will have wide-ranging implications for citizens and businesses alike. The challenge is to give the citizens control over their data without impeding…

  • mHealth: Harnessing Growth and Innovation

    mHealth is changing the face of healthcare. While its potential is vast, the test for healthcare systems is to capture this value and translate it into concrete results. In our latest snapshot Kyra Obolensky and Lavinia Trehane from FTI Consulting’s healthcare team identify the challenges of building a robust and secure mHealth ecosystem and explore…

  • Public Consultation on the Audiovisual Media Service Directive launched

    The European Commission has just launched its public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Service Directive as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, which was announced on 6 May. The results of the consultation will feed into the REFIT exercise, where the Commission seeks to evaluate whether the directive is working as intended by its…

  • Brussels’ Women in Tech and Prosecco

    On Wednesday evening FTI Consulting hosted for the first time a pioneering group of women in technology. Gathered under the hot summer sun, the group was cooled by some refreshing prosecco. It was a great, informal, get-together: no speakers, no agenda, simply an enjoyable evening to (re)connect. Working the room, one of the key recurring…

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