FairSearch Blog, Wednesday, September 02, 2015
FairSearch posted a point-by-point rebuttal to Google’s response to the European Commission’s antitrust charge sheet on the group’s blog. The rebuttal argued that the conduct outlined by the EC in its charges “has decimated competition in the comparison shopping market, enabling Google to corner this market and to reduce consumer choice. It has eliminated or marginalised competitors in this market who otherwise would have offered innovations to consumers – as well as lower prices.” It added, “Google and its lawyers misinterpret the law. The SO does not argue an essential facilities case, and it doesn’t need to be an essential facilities case for the European Commission to demand that Google stop placing competitors at a competitive disadvantage.”
Nicholas Hirst, POLITICO, Thursday, August 27, 2015
Google filed a formal response Thursday rebutting the European Commission’s charges that it used its dominance over Internet searches to stifle online competition. The 150-page document points to the power of giants like Amazon and eBay as evidence that the market for online shopping is thriving and dismisses rivals’ claims that the search engine has intentionally quashed their traffic.
AG Strategy Group
Friday, August 21, 2015
Making technology accessible to persons with disabilities is a critical issue to which we need to play closer attention. Within the government, the issue often falls on a federal chief information officers' long list of to-dos, rather than being a central focus. While recognizing that federal CIOs have a broad set of responsibilities and that there are many critical issues that they manage, we must place a focused eye on whether the issue of accessibility is getting the attention it should.
Matt Rosoff, Business Insider, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Google is splitting apart. The European Union has talked about splitting Google apart. Are the two related? Is Google trying to cleverly preempt whatever the Europeans decide to do? Nope. At least not according to four legal experts who spoke to Business Insider.
Julia Fioretti, Reuters, Thursday, August 06, 2015
The European Commission is working with the United States on the final details of a commercial data-sharing deal that was put up for renegotiation following leaks two years ago that exposed U.S. mass surveillance practices, a document seen by Reuters showed. The European Commission, the EU executive, has been negotiating with the United States since January 2014 to reform an existing agreement allowing companies to transfer data easily between the two areas, known as "Safe Harbour".
The Chertoff Group
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Earlier this year the European Union released its new Agenda on Security. But the agenda, while admirable, is incomplete. It is missing a vital component – reform of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process. Europe’s new security agenda is an excellent first step toward greater EU cooperation in the cyber domain. European nations will work to reduce the barriers to cross-border cybercrime investigations, especially related to jurisdiction and evidence sharing. The agenda also obliges EU institutions to follow through on the 2013 Cybersecurity Strategy. That includes adopting a binding directive on network and information security.
Penny Pritzker, EurActiv, Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Last week I traveled to Brussels to meet with EU government and business leaders about policies, regulatory frameworks, and key initiatives related to the digital economy. The US and the EU have a storied history of cooperation. Our shared values have long-shaped the rules of the global economy—from our commitment to free and fair trade, to our adherence to the rule of law and our protection of intellectual property. When it comes to setting standards for the digital economy, however, we are faced with a choice: will we approach this new frontier with a shared vision that creates opportunities for our businesses and people alike, or will we take divergent paths that disadvantage our companies and make us both less competitive?
Digital inclusion: helping the blind and people with disabilities to get the most from the online world
Andrus Ansip, European Commission, Wednesday, August 05, 2015
In the EU today, there are more than 30 million blind and partially sighted people who are unable to access most websites. Put that together with all of Europe's elderly and disabled people – many of whom also have online accessibility problems - and it gets a lot higher. The blind cannot always enjoy all the TV and on-demand programmes in the same way as sighted people can, or get the most out of shopping online. For me, this is not only a market issue – but also one of fundamental rights.
Monday, August 03, 2015
My goal here is not to rehash what has already been stated, but instead focus on Android and the underlying, lesser-known issues at play for government users. It is important to consider the implications this series of events has on public sector entities. Vendor practices are particularly important for federal CIOs while procuring goods and services, in particular as it relates to “bring-your-own-device” (BYOD) policies.
Leo Mirani, Quartz, Monday, August 03, 2015
But when it comes to digital policy, the important thing to know is just this: Andrus Ansip is the most powerful person in Europe today. As the commissioner in charge of the “digital single market,” his job is, literally, “to make Europe a world leader in information and communication technology.”