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Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election

Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election
Rebecca Brambilla

Rebecca Brambilla

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Rebecca has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Her main academic interest lies in the fields of Foreign Affairs, International Development and Global Governance. During her studies, Rebecca worked as an intern for the social start-up Serlo Education in Munich and for the Blossom Hill Foundation in New Canaan, Connecticut. Passionate about human rights and global development, she has volunteered for local NGOs in Kenya, India and the United States.
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The main targets so far have been businesses, alongside banking, telecom and defence, but with the 2016 US election, the focus of cyber attacks seems to have shifted towards governments and national parties. The state-sponsored cyber attacks against the Democratic Party and the subsequent leak of stolen information reflect a trend towards highly-publicised, overt campaigns […]

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Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?

Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?
Veronique Cimina

Veronique Cimina

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Veronique is a recently Master’s graduate in EU Law at Leiden University, Netherlands, with a thesis in Competition Law and specific research on EU migration law and its current crisis. Veronique obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, with a thesis on the Responsibility to Protect and its failure to be truly effective in humanitarian crisis. Currently, she is a legal assistant in national Tax and Compliance law in Rome. She is interested in European law and governance, politics and international relations. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and listening to music.
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First of all, what is ‘personal data’? Be aware that the term does not only refer to passwords or email and social media accounts’ settings. ‘Personal Data’ refers to “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’)” being it a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to […]

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Cyber space: An unregulated battleground

Cyber space: An unregulated battleground
Katherine Atkinson

Katherine Atkinson

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Katherine Atkinson is from the UK and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Conflict Studies. She lives in Brussels currently, but did her studies in London and has lived in France, Russia and Moldova while she studied French and Russian. She is particularly interested in the politics of the post-Soviet space.
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On 20 January 2017 the world witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, after what may have been one of the most controversial pre-election period of all time. Trump’s election was marred by a DNC hacking scandal that threatened the very legitimacy of its outcome. The final declassified intelligence […]

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Uber will wipe out skills not jobs

Uber will wipe out skills not jobs
Elien Verstraeten

Elien Verstraeten

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Elien Verstraeten is an MSc in Local Economic Development student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Ghent.
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Ride-hailing app Uber recently announced a pilot project testing the use of self-driving cars in the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The announcement was quite unexpected since the technology of automated passenger cars is not even close to hitting the markets.  There are major technological flaws to be resolved and regulators have barely begun setting up […]

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The future of traffic: (de)regulation of driverless vehicles

The future of traffic: (de)regulation of driverless vehicles
Bojan Georgievski

Bojan Georgievski

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Bojan Georgievski is a researcher at the Institute of Communication Studies and the School of Journalism and Public Relations in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He holds an MA degree in International Law, acquired at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje. He defended his MA thesis in 2012 on the topic of Social Networking Privacy. He has experience working in research projects and has authored or co-authored several publications, his most recent one a policy brief focusing on whistleblower protection in Macedonia. Bojan has an interest in researching privacy, data protection, communications and media studies.
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As with all new and exciting technologies, there are people who are afraid of a “Skynet” scenario, and who plead for excessive regulation. However, emotions should not rule in deciding on this matter: heavily regulating the sector is not the desired outcome we should strive for. If we are to believe Musk, the Autopilot would […]

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EU-US data transfers: Why Safe Harbour 2.0 may just be an empty shell

EU-US data transfers: Why Safe Harbour 2.0 may just be an empty shell
Justine Chauvin

Justine Chauvin

Justine graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Geneva, and a M.A. in International Politics of the Internet (Dist.) from Aberystwyth University. Her studies focused on emerging security challenges – in particular cyber security – and new technologies’ impact on social movements. After interning at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), assisting in preparing and executing an international forum on ICTs (Telecom World 2014), she worked at the associate level at Access, an international human rights organization defending digital rights.
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Author: Justine Chauvin Do you know Max Schrems, the Austrian privacy activist that decided to fight for our rights not to have our personal data intercepted by the NSA? Thanks to his decision to file a lawsuit against Facebook for violating privacy rules, the ECJ ruled last October in his favour, invalidating the Safe Harbour […]

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EU-PNR directive: Overlooking EU fundamental rights will not make Europe safer

EU-PNR directive: Overlooking EU fundamental rights will not make Europe safer
Justine Chauvin

Justine Chauvin

Justine graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Geneva, and a M.A. in International Politics of the Internet (Dist.) from Aberystwyth University. Her studies focused on emerging security challenges – in particular cyber security – and new technologies’ impact on social movements. After interning at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), assisting in preparing and executing an international forum on ICTs (Telecom World 2014), she worked at the associate level at Access, an international human rights organization defending digital rights.
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Author: Justine Chauvin Simply put, the EU-PNR Directive would oblige airline carriers operating extra-EU flights (and probably even intra-EU flights) to transfer flight passengers’ data to EU member states’ national security and law enforcement agencies. The data collected, containing plethora of personal information, will be stored for 5 years (the first 6 months without being […]

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What does the internet mean?

What does the internet mean?
Justine Chauvin

Justine Chauvin

Justine graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Geneva, and a M.A. in International Politics of the Internet (Dist.) from Aberystwyth University. Her studies focused on emerging security challenges – in particular cyber security – and new technologies’ impact on social movements. After interning at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), assisting in preparing and executing an international forum on ICTs (Telecom World 2014), she worked at the associate level at Access, an international human rights organization defending digital rights.
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Author: Justine Chauvin On 27 October 2015, the European Parliament approved the Telecoms Single Market (TSM) regulation, which is supposed to set Net Neutrality rules across all EU member states. Net Neutrality can be defined as a non-discrimination principle stipulating that data packets should be treated equally by Internet services providers (ISPs), regardless the provenance, content, […]

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The hidden power of open government data in the EU

The hidden power of open government data in the EU
Léa Duplan

Léa Duplan

Léa is a 2nd year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance. Currently, she is on a leave of absence to expand her practical experience. Prior to her MPP studies, she did her Bachelor's degree in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her main domains of interests are: Good Governance, Sustainable Development and European Affairs.
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Author: Lea Duplan Ranging from eradicating poverty to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, most of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) could use open government data (OGD) to succeed in their strives. This means that all the data collected by governments to perform their tasks could be more useful than we think if they were […]

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Net neutrality: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Net neutrality: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Kristina Mihnevich

Kristina holds a BA of Engineeringand an MA in “European Studies on Society, Science and Technology” (Maastricht University, IT University of Copenhagen). She also successfully finished an OSF Summer School on European Studies at İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi. Her Master's thesis related to the EU-US debates on the Internet privacy after Snowden's revelations. Kristina has a two-year work experience in IT companies, and has recently accomplished her internship on cyber-security in the context of international relations at CERI SciencesPo. Her current research interest is a variety of social aspects of Internet technologies, with main focus on cyber-security,surveillance and privacy.
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“We need balance between users and service providers which ensures equal treatment and no discrimination”[1], insists one of the youngest European Parliament’s members, Eva Paunova, during the panel discussions on Net neutrality at the European Dialog on the Internet Governance (EuroDig 2015). This argument is not new for these debates that have been ongoing since […]

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