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    Lessons from the Ukrainian cyber front


    Russia’s cyberattacks on Ukraine in the lead-up to its invasion should be a wake-up call for Europe. The EU must quickly adopt the revised Network and Information Security (NIS2) Directive and improve its operational readiness.

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    Ukraine: Is a chemical or biological attack likely?


    Exploring key questions about chemical and biological weapons as, although large-scale use in Ukraine appears unlikely, concerns remain about targeted attacks. 

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    The European Chips initiative: EU industrial policy or a competition to create national champions?


    The crucial importance of electronic chips for modern industries has been amply illustrated by the way a shortage of chips has held back European automobile production over the last year. The full scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia has then shown the critical importance of access to technology. 

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    Could a software code change slash Bitcoin’s energy mining by 99.9%?


    Bitcoin and other blockchains use an algorithm that is powered by an energy-intensive computing process to validate and secure transactions called Proof of Work (‘PoW’). However, an alternative mechanism, Proof of Stake (‘PoS’) could prove to be better for the environment, as it would reduce the amount of energy needed ...

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    Experts warn MEPs of the risks involved in the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act


    AI experts warned MEPs of the gaps in the EU Commission’s proposed Artificial Intelligence Act. While the intention to preserve fundamental rights and freedoms of EU citizens is most welcome, the proposal reiterates our limited understanding of artificial intelligence and that there is more to be done to close loopholes.

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    Commission publishes the proposal for the EU Data Act


    On 23 February, the Commission published its long-awaited proposal for the regulation on fair access and use of data (EU Data Act). The Act is a key element of the European Strategy for Data published in 2019 and aims at creating a single market for data. The proposal’s main objective ...

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    European Parliament approves its position on the Digital Services Act


    On the 20th January, the European Parliament (EP) approved its position on the proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA). The position gives green light to start negotiations, so-called trilogue, with the Council and Commission on the final shape of the new law. The Council of the EU (European Union) ...

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    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digitalisation - the challenges and opportunities


    The following article looks at both the positives and the drawbacks of AI and digitalisation technologies potential roles in combating climate challenges. In particular, the article spotlights several environmental wins and AI opportunities in humanitarian issues as well as discusses environmental and social inequality challenges COP26 goals may be faced ...

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    National AI Insights: OECD and EU Commission Joint Report


    Although governments have been aware of the need to utilise and implement AI, policies specifically relating to this are a relatively new phenomenon. As a result, there is a wide discrepancy between different countries’ approaches. In 2019, the OECD published five key AI Principles which were designed to act as ...

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    Digitalisation of justice and legal services – overview of recent CCBE activities


    Martin Sacleux, legal adviser with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), shares the insights on the key challenges and issues related to digitalisation of justice and legal services that are discussed among European Bars and Law Societies.

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    The future of courts by Peter Nicholson


    How will the pandemic experience and the rapid development of remote court hearings affect the future conduct of civil litigation? That was the subject of an important day-long conference organised in May by the Judicial Institute for Scotland, with top level presentations from across the Scottish (and the wider) legal ...

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    Biometric technology and fundamental rights by Iain G. Mitchell QC


    The use of Biometric data is already a reality. There is a tendency to think of the use of such data as being simply a means (of greater or lesser reliability) of identifying people. In 2004, the Metropolitan Police Facial Recognition technology got it wrong 81% of the time. Though ...

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    EU member states agree on their text of the ePrivacy Regulation


    After four years of negotiations, the EU member state ministers agreed on their version of the text of the proposals for the ePrivacy Regulation. Proposed by the Commission in 2017, the draft regulation has been subject to long and difficult negotiations.

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    Commission announces Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act


    Source: EC - Audiovisual Service (c) European Union, 2020 Read-out of the weekly meeting of the von der Leyen Commission by Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, and Thierry Breton, European Commissioner, on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act On 15 ...

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    European Council adopts conclusions on digitalisation to improve access to justice


    On 13th October, The Council adopted conclusions on seizing the opportunities of digitalisation for access to justice (see press release here). In summary, the conclusions recognise that digital transformation continues to profoundly change people’s lives and that judicial systems, as a central pillar of the rule of law, must align ...