KATHMANDU: The China-based company, Huawei Technologies, faces product and 5G wireless network project bans in several countries across the globe. The majority of the countries, particularly the United States, European countries, Australia, among others allege that Huawei?s products may purposely co
[ Instances of how Huawei faces ban globally | 2020-08-01 ]
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant the patent system is now facing many challenges with critics claiming it is not fit for purpose in the current environment, says Inventa International?s Vitor Palmela Fidalgo
In the wake of yesterday?s landmark ruling by Europe?s top court ? striking down a flagship transatlantic data transfer framework called Privacy Shield, and cranking up the legal uncertainty around processing EU citizens? data in the U.S. in the process ? Europe?s lead data protection regulator has fired its own warning shot at the region?s [?]
The European Union?s top court ruled that an agreement that allows thousands of companies ? from tech giants to small financial firms ? to transfer data to the United States is invalid because the American government can snoop on people?s data, according to an AP News report. The ruling could impact how companies transfer European users? data to the United States and other countries, such as the U.K, and could require regulators to vet any new data transfers to make sure Europeans? personal information remains protected according to the EU?s stringent standards, says AP News.
For the past two weeks, US officials have been grilling TikTok and other China-based tech giants over potential concerns surrounding the data security of Americans who use these apps, not to mention the national security implications of these apps? alleged allegiance to the Chinese government. Now, it?s looking like the...
The European Parliament announced the MEPs who will sit on its new special committees on artificial intelligence (AI), cancer and foreign interference in democratic processes.The new committee on beating cancer will identify areas for action, legislation and other measures to help prevent and fight cancer, and look into the best ways to support research.It has been set up following European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen?s announcement in April of a nine-month consultation among member states for her cancer plan. The wide-ranging push focuses mainly on prevention, but it will also promote better data sharing, and there will be a research component, in the form of the cancer mission set to begin next year as part of Horizon Europe. Joining the new 33 member cancer committee is Petra de Sutter, a former senator in Belgium?s parliament, and a physician who ran the department for reproductive medicine at Ghent University. She currently chairs the parliament committee on the internal market and consumer protection.The committee on AI meanwhile will study the impact and challenges of rolling out the technology, and propose a roadmap detailing what the objectives of the legislation should be.The commission is pushing to be one of the first places in the world to regulate AI, aiming to devise rules and limits that parallel those set out in the general data protection regulation, promoting adoption of the technology, whilst also providing a proportionate regulatory framework. As of now, the EU executive has only released a white paper, spelling out preferred options for laws.The committee?s ranks will include Romania?s Dan Nica, Portugal?s Maria da Graça Carvalho and Spain?s Pilar del Castillo Vera, three members who also sit on ITRE, the committee on industry, research and energy. Also joining the AI committee is Andrus Ansip, former European Commission vice president, and former holder of the digital single market portfolio. The third new committee, focused on foreign interference, will review alleged breaches of democratic processes in the EU, including misinformation, and will identify areas where greater control over social media platforms may be required.Each of the special committees is set up for one year only, with each having 33 members. The chairs and vice-chairs will be decided in September. Parties agree on the allocation of committees between them, to make sure the chairs are a fair representation of the make-up of parliament. Each political group is allocated a number of seats on the new committees based on the number of MEPs they have in the chamber.
Fine-scale satellite data are used to quantify forest harvest rates in 26 European countries, finding an increase in harvested forest area of 49% and an increase in biomass loss of 69% between 2011–2015 and 2016–2018.
[ Bio-Economy Unit, European Commission Joint Research Centre | 2020-07-02 ]
The US?s National Aviation and Space Administration (NASA) develops artificial intelligence for ExoMars, a joint project of the European Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency. Thanks to the artificial intelligence developed by NASA, the spacecraft will decide what information to collect and where to send it. The European Space Agency (ESA) will undertake [?]