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Up to 8,000 communities stand to benefit from new free wireless internet to be installed in public spaces

If you’re in the Wi-Fi network installation business in Europe, you might be about to get extremely busy. The head of the politico-economic union said its member states will be investing dramatically in Wi-Fi connectivity. The reason: to “empower” its subjects.

“Every European village and every city” will be equipped with a total of an equivalent of 134 million dollars-worth of non-payment, free wireless Internet by 2020.” The installs will occur around the “main centers of public life,” Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Union’s executive body, said in a state of the union address a few days ago.

Weiterlesen: EU will offer free Wi-Fi in villages and towns

How do you build a 'smart city?' What innovative factors lead to award-winning smarter technology examples to emulate? Which European city is the smartest? Let’s explore.

The top smart cities in Europe include Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Barcelona.

Or, depending upon who you talk to, what model you use and when you have the conversation, the list can also include Luxembourg and perhaps Vienna.

Weiterlesen: Making the Top Smart City in Europe

EU ministers call for harmonised data flows within the EU

Recently ministers from many of the EU member states including the UK and Ireland urged the European Commission to remove regulatory and non-regulatory barriers in the digital single market particularly as regards data protection, telecommunications and e-privacy.

As regards data transfers whilst transfers within the EU are allowed in relation to personal data the reality is that there are still local restrictions that impact the digital economy.

Weiterlesen: EU ministers call for harmonised data flows within the EU

European consumers are heavily invested in digital technologies—83 percent of people have access to the internet in their homes, and 76 percent say they use the internet regularly. But the reality is that Europe has a long way to go to fully tap the potential of digitization – according to a new report, the continent is operating below its digital potential, and accelerating digitization could add trillions of euros to economic growth in less than a decade.

The extent to which companies have used digital to redefine business processes and their labor forces is still relatively low. Digitization also varies greatly among countries, sectors, and companies within the region. If more is done to adopt, diffuse, and use digital, tremendous economic value could be captured. Although there are active initiatives to deepen Europe’s digitization, including moves towards removing barriers to a single digital market (that remains to be seen with the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU), proposals for the European Cloud Initiative, and a range of e-government initiatives, a further push is clearly needed.

Weiterlesen: Accelerating digitization could add trillions of Euros to European economy

If data is the oil of the 21st century digital economy, then cloud computing is its engine. Europe needs to make sure that its digital motor is running properly to reap the benefits from future data driven innovation, big data and the Internet of Things, writes Elena Zvarici.

Elena Zvarici is an executive board member of EuroCloud Europe, the European umbrella organisation of more than 20 national EuroCloud associations throughout Europe.

Weiterlesen: EU: A bright outlook for the cloud

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