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Sustainability-driven digital transitions: tools for the long term

Digital transformation is undoubtedly altering all social and economic dimensions of life. However, there is an unexplored –and significant– issue: how to prepare for the sustainability paradigm shift driven by digital transformation, from several perspectives: environmental, economic, financial, industrial, educational, demographical, political, and social. Existing, emerging, and disruptive technologies [...]

Data governance: EU-China competition approaches

To talk about technologies is to talk about data. Discussions on global political positioning and economic competitiveness are intrinsically related to data. However, this departure point –the founding asset of other applications, is often overlooked. Data is a geopolitical and foreign policy dimension by itself. The European Union has [...]

Full decarbonisation is coming: time to plan for the last 20% emission reductions from 80% to 100%

In recent months Europe has significantly increased its decarbonisation ambition. The European Commission pushes to make Europe the first carbon neutral continent by 2050 and the European Parliament has just voted to increase the EU wide target from 40% to 60% emission reductions by 2030 (compared to 1990). This [...]

US election 2020: digital foreign policy

In the midst of the daily over-mediatisation of the United States presidential elections in November 2020, technology and digital policy is off the radar or, at least, a second-order issue within both Democrat and Republican Parties’ political campaigns. However, this is an unquestionably important issue which need particular attention [...]

What is happening with Spanish exports?

The Spanish economy’s external sector has suffered the impact of COVID-19 with greater intensity than other EU countries. This is mainly due to its sector-based specialisation, though it should be noted that before the pandemic it was already showing a slight deceleration in both exports and imports. There are [...]

European Union’s foreign policy and technology in Africa

It is not by chance that the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, visited twice the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia during her first 100 days in office. The latest European Union’s Strategy on Africa, released in March 2020, leans on five pillars: green transition and energy access; [...]

A new kid on the block? China in the security conundrum of the eastern Mediterranean

The eastern Mediterranean, a strategically important region both in terms of connectivity and geopolitics, is plagued by inherent political instability and a long history of intractable conflicts, either ongoing or frozen ones –Palestine, Cyprus, Syria and Libya readily spring to mind. And there has been quite a bit of [...]

Digital rights: a necessary, yet not sufficient framework

Spain’s Government set in for the first time, in June 2020, the elaboration process of the Charter on Digital Rights with an Expert Group composed of jurists, users’ representatives, academics, and cybersecurity and technology consultants. The goal: to round out digital rights which have not been yet embraced by [...]

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