EPRS Strategy By / January 22, 2016

The EU and the digital economy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Union is presented with many opportunities and challenges from the rapid development of the…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski,

The European Union is presented with many opportunities and challenges from the rapid development of the digital economy, with its fast growth of data flows, domination of U.S. firms, concern of privacy and new business models in many sectors.

The creation of the Digital Single Market is a central policy plank for the European Commission, which wants to use it to foster innovation and economic growth. It wants to improve access to digital goods and services and create the conditions for digital networks and services to prosper. The European Parliament adopted its resolution on the Digital Single Market on 19 January. The EU’s immediate task is concluding a new data transfer agreement with the United States. Other challenges include upgrading the copyright law, deciding on net neutrality and addressing competition concerns.

This note offers links to recent studies and reports from major international think tanks and research institutes on the digital economy. More papers on the subject can be found in a previous edition of ‘What think tanks are thinking’ devoted to the Single Digital Market.

A connected Digital Single Market - State of play and the way forward
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Big data, Big Brother? How to secure Europeans’ safety and privacy
Centre for European Reform, December 2015

Data transfers under the threat of terrorist attacks
Bruegel, December 2015

The importance of complementary policy for ICT in the EU
European Centre for International Political Economy, December 2015

A digital progressive project
Policy Network, December 2015

Adrift: The impact of the ECJ’s Safe Harbour ruling
Centre for European Reform, November 2015

La richesse des nations après la révolution numérique
Terra Nova, November 2015

Government of the future: How digital technology will change the way we live, work and govern
Lisbon Council, November 2015

The implementation, application and effects of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Information Society
Centre for European Policy Studies, November 2015

Digital Single Market in the field of copyright
Centre for European Policy Studies, November 2015

Policy options for improving the functioning and efficiency of the Digital Single Market in the field of copyright
Centre for European Policy Studies, November 2015

El ineludible futuro digital de Europa y las oportunidades que su cultura puede encontrar en él
Elcano Royal Institute, November 2015

Die digitale Öffentlichkeit Band II : Wie das Internet unsere Demokratie verändert
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, November 2015

Digital skills for the future?
Friends of Europe, November 2015

Transatlantic digital dialogue: Rebuilding trust through cooperative reform
German Marshall Fund of the United States, November 2015

Digital workers by design? An example from the on-demand economy
Centre for European Policy Studies, October 2015

Why is Europe lagging on next generation access networks?
Bruegel, October 2015

Integration of products and services: Taking the Single Market into the 21st century
European Political Strategy Centre, October 2015

The European Union’s digital assertiveness
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, September 2015

Will the digital economy pulverise states and governments?
Itinera, September 2015

Digital Single Market Strategy Pillar 2: Digital networks and services
Centrum für Europäische Politik, August 2015

How not to create a European Google
Centre for European Reform, August 2015

Proposal for the reform of the regulation of digital services
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, July 2015

Policy challenges of the digital economy
European Council on Foreign Relations, July 2015

Telecommunications and internet services: The digital side of the TTIP
Centre for European Policy Studies, Center for Transatlantic Relations, July 2015

Offline? How Europe can catch up with US technology
Centre for European Reform, July 2015

The new Digital Single Market Strategy lacks ambition
Friends of Europe, June 2015

Be careful what you wish for: Why Europe should avoid the mistakes of US Internet access policy
Stiftung Neue Verantvortung, June 2015

Financial services in the digital age: leveraging technology and regulation to achieve a stronger Capital Markets Union
European Digital Forum, May 2015

Last chance for Europe in the digital saloon?
Centre for European Policy Studies, May 2015

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