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The new Digital Compass at the EU: risks and opportunities

On 9th March 2021, the European Commission released its newly Digital Compass: the first detailed document by which EU’s Digital Decade ambitions are translated into measurable, concrete, coherent targets towards the 2030 scenario. While it has not yet received large attention by the media, it happens to be a [...]

6G, Europe and post-2030 scenario: internal coherence for strategic autonomy

Why has the European Commission just launched a new flagship initiative with an almost €12 million budget to research on the 6G technology –if up until now the 5G architecture has not been deployed into all Member States and its penetration is still low? The answer is that the [...]

Global risks and future scenarios: starting down the road

The annual World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report and the Davos Forum usually take place in January. While both are supposed to rely upon each other, the WEF report and the Davos Agenda do not always match. In either case, the 16th edition of the report stands out due [...]

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 [...]

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