Written by Naja Bentzen, Mar Negreiro, Vincent Reillon, Nikolina Sajn, Marcin Szczepański,
Digital technologies have changed the way we live and transformed the world around us at unprecedented speed. They have affected all important aspects of life, both at work and at home, and have influenced almost everything from human relations to the economy, to the extent that access to the internet has now become a basic human right recognised by the United Nations.
This profound change presents both opportunities and threats to our society. Citizens need specific skills and access to be able to meaningfully take part in society and work. European businesses need an adequate policy framework and infrastructure to capture the enormous value created by the digital economy. Supporting innovation, removing barriers in the digital single market, and effectively managing and using data are the necessary tools to assist them and boost economic growth in Europe.
The European Union takes an active part in shaping the digital economy and society, with cross‑policy initiatives that range from boosting investment, through reforms of copyright and e‑privacy, to removal of geo-blocking and development of e-government. This multifaceted approach is necessary to facilitate adaptation to complex new realities. The European Parliament, as co‑legislator, is involved in shaping the policy framework which will help citizens and businesses fully utilise the potential of digital technologies.
Read the complete briefing on ‘Adapting to new digital realities: Main issues and policy responses‘ on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.