Profit is killing the internet. Can we save it?

If it was not already clear, Covid has made it indisputable: the Internet is not just a place for socialising and entertainment, it is a vital infrastructure for work, study and bureaucracy. The Net was a product of openness and sharing, but these values have now been replaced by the drive for profit, says Ben Tarnoff in his latest essay, reviewed here by Konrad Bleyer-Simon.

Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s friend and the Monopoly’s fiercest advocate

In 2020, the European Commission announced its Digital Services Act and its Digital Markets Act, two packages aimed to regulate online monopolistic platforms such as Google or Facebook. While the monopoly of corporations has been widely discussed in the last few years, it has also found influential advocates, such as American entrepreneur Peter Thiel, author and co-founder of PayPal and Donald Trump’s supporter.

Big Tech’s lobby game in Europe

The EU's Digital Services Act aimed to limit the power of social media and online platforms. Yet, it became a victory for the tech giants and a missed opportunity for the European Union. This article looks at how Big Tech’s strategic moves helped shaping EU law.

Can we still protect our data in the artificial intelligence era?

Europe wants to be a leader in tech revolutions like AI. Yet this ambition contrasts sharply with the EU’s desire to protect the right to privacy - because AI needs lots of data. A new European ruling promises to make the objectives compatible, but does not resolve the conundrum.

It’s a multi-speed internet Europe

During most of the pandemic (March 2020 - June 2021) internet speeds in Europe have increased by more than 50 percent. Unfortunately, the gap between urban and more rural areas, and between north European countries and those in the south-east, has also grown.