In this piece, Nikola Dimitrov, from the Hague Institute, argues that the crises in Europe’s neighbourhood and periphery represent a crucial challenge for the European project itself and calls on the leadership of the Union to not lose faith in its own narrative.
After a first plenary session and a series committee meetings in early July, key positions were distributed in the European Parliament. Find an overview of the Parliament’s key new faces in our infographic.
By now, if you have a Facebook account or if you’ve just been on the internet in the past week, you are probably aware that Facebook conducted a study to see if it could construct users’ news feeds in order to affect their emotions. You’ve probably also see the range of responses, from shocked%u2014shocked, to outraged, to apologetic (and more apologetic, and even more apologetic) and everything in between.
One of Google’s primary goals is to spread its Android operating system to any device that you may touch, and that’s going to be a major theme this week at Google’s I/O 2014 developer conference. Android Wear smartwatch development will be front and center. Android TV%u2014a rumored entertainment service from Google%u2014may make an appearance. Android is the prime delivery mechanism for Google’s advanced search product, Google Now.
Google’s Android wants to know where you are and what’s nearby. Soon, it may also have the capability to automatically interact with people, places and things within your immediate vicinity. It’s a hint of things to come. Because before long, you won’t be able to hide your location from your smartphone%u2014or from all the developers, marketers and advertisers that want to know where you are.
If Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard are spinning in their graves, they may be due for a break. Their namesake company is cooking up some awfully ambitious industrial-strength computing technology that, if and when it’s released, could replace a data center’s worth of equipment with a single refrigerator-size machine.
Corporate Social Responsibility can’t be about throwing money at a problem anymore. It has to be about giving people access to useful technology and teaching them how to fix their own problems.
The Federal Trade Commission, in a report (PDF) published on Tuesday, describes the industry of data collection as pervasive, mysterious, and vulnerable to errors and breaches. Data brokers have collected a breathtaking amount of information about people, which they use to sell other businesses a variety of products related to marketing, fraud detection, and other services. The FTC is pushing Congress for legislation that would make it easier for people to find out what data brokers know and to get them to fix any errors%u2014but doesn’t suggest slowing down the collection or use of this kind of data.
Summer is finally coming up, which means that many of us have to start planning our vacation. People everywhere are already beginning to decide where they’ll go and what they’ll do there. But as exciting as the trip planning process can be, it can also entail a fair amount of stressl. Finding the right flight, picking the right destination, knowing what to bring, and being prepared for whatever may happen are just a few of the factors you have to consider. As with everything, though, there are always methods of making the process a little easier. When it comes to your next big trip, the information below should help you out.
So much of our lives revolves around the Internet. We rarely go a day without checking an online account, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or email. Some of us even keep those tabs open all day.
As the European Commission prepares to issue its first-ever country specific recommendations based on social indicators in the framework of the European Semester (ES), questions remain as to what they will concretely achieve.
With 25% of adults in the European Union lacking the necessary digital skills to effectively use information and communication technologies, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published in autumn 2013, the European Commission is facing various challenges in order to bridge the competitive gap with the rest of the world.