When connectivity is not enough: the key to meaningful digital inclusion

Sponsored Content Smart is the adjective of our modern world, a world where applications, solutions, products and even entire industries are making innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the quality of our lives and the efficiency of our services. The potential of smart is enormous. In a smart city, for example, […]

Road to Brexit: the UK seeks early agreement on Data Privacy with the EU

British and European flags in front of the Berlaymont building (Copyright European Union, 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service/ Photo: Lieven Creemers). Last Thursday, the Government of the United Kingdom openly said it wants to co-operate with the European Union over data protection, in a bid to ensure the free flow of data across […]

A revolution, an ecosystem, an ocean: 5G is just the beginning

Endorsed content “You cannot assume that 5G is just 4G on steroids. It is a revolution,” says Kailash Narayanan of Keysight Technologies. The neat linear progression from 2G to 3G to 4G does not apply to next-generation networks.”5G”, the generic term for future communications technologies, offers so much more than just the next level up […]

ITU Telecom World 2017: exploring smart digital transformation

Endorsed content Artificial intelligence can crunch the numbers on inconceivably large volumes of data, predicting trends, mitigating problems, driving a revolution in socio-economic development. Smart machines can learn, understand, develop and, in many areas, out-perform humans. But what will be the impact on our jobs, our economies and our societies? Do we need an international […]

A new world that demands new doctors in the fourth industrial revolution

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr João Victor Villa, man academic of the first year of Medicine at Santa Marcelina College (FASM). He is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

New skills needed for medical students in Industry 4.0

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Soramon Chaichan, a second year Medicine student from Khonkaen University. She is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one. During […]

Medical Doctors in Industry 4.0: pure science fiction

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Jasson Oscullo. The writer is an Ecuadorian medical student. He is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one. Last century´s “science fiction” […]

CHALLENGING THE ZEITGEIST OF DIGITAL – Change making projects innovate mobile support for refugees, inclusive environments, early breast cancer detection and more

Endorsed Content CHALLENGING THE ZEITGEIST OF DIGITAL – Change making projects innovate mobile support for refugees, inclusive environments, early breast cancer detection and more UN-BASED WORLD SUMMIT AWARDS PRESENT RAINBOW OF 40 OUTSTANDING MOBILE APPLICATIONS AS 2016 WINNERS Salzburg | 3/20/2017 Exploring a foreign city is an often perplexing experience, when one has to rely […]

Medschool 4.0: how to succeed in the smart revolution of healthcare

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Dr Dat Nguyen-Dinh. The writer is an IFMSA-Québec alumni and family medicine resident in Montreal, Canada. He is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

WHO and IFMSA as transcendent pillars for world improvement

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Zahra Fadhilazk. The writer is from CIMSA-ISMKI Indonesia, one of the NMOs affiliated to IFMSA. She is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The […]

Digital Single Market: New EU rules for online subscription services

EU Regulators have found last week an agreement on new rules concerning online content portability, allowing EU citizens to access online subscription services with no restrictions while travelling within the Union. The new rules will practically end the so-called “geo-blocking tactics”, and will enable European consumers to access services such as Netflix, Sky’s Now and Spotify […]

EU is now giving Google new monopolies to the detriment of European citizens and Internet companies

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by Mr Joe McNamee, Executive Director of  EDRi, the Brussels-based association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe that defends rights and freedoms in the digital environment. There is a lot of noise in the press and among lobbyists about an alleged hostility of the EU towards big American internet […]

EU’s guidelines on net neutrality see the light although grey areas do remain

Last week will not only be remembered for the world-record fine imposed to Apple by the European Union and the Hutchison-VimpelCom merger in Italy. There was also space for some important news on net neutrality. The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which is the regulating agency of the telecommunication market in the […]

EU opens a third antitrust file against Google

The European Commission announced last Thursday that is taking “further steps” in investigation against Google, officially accusing the company of having restricted consumer choice by blocking rivals in online search advertising. Although it sounds like there’s absolutely nothing new about this new complaint against Google, the latest antitrust charge filed by the Commission, which is […]

GSMA head urges regulators to help Europe regain leadership

LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 EUROPE: Europe has the opportunity to regain its digital leadership, although the different national regulatory and legal environments across the continent present challenges for participants, Mats Granryd, director general of GSMA, stated this morning. “We have a unique opportunity to regain the industry leadership. With 5G and IoT around the […]

The EU finally seizes the opportunity to support the sharing economy?

Last week, the much awaited response around the fate of the so-called “sharing economy” in Europe arrived from Brussels, and big players such as Uber and Airbnb can finally take a sigh of relief. On June 2 the European Union came up with a list of guiding principles for its Member States on how to “engage […]

The EU cuts roaming charges further while the UK weighs Brexit impact

Since April 30, using a mobile phone within the EU is significantly cheaper for European citizens. Last Saturday, 30 of April, a new interim cap on mobile roaming charges in the European Union came into effect, with cuts the bill up to nearly 75 per cent. The new cost cap is the latest move in the […]

Will the European Court of Justice change data privacy laws to tackle terrorism?

The next European Court of Justice (ECJ) meeting will take place on April 12 regarding the breaching of human rights by the massive interception of communication data. This hearing is very crucial as it is probable that the EU judges will decide to cut down on the power of UK surveillance laws since ECJ’s rulings are binding on UK courts […]

MWC 2016: IoT experts fret over fragmentation

Market fragmentation, perhaps inevitably, was a dominant theme in an MWC session titled Unleashing the Value of IoT platforms. Beecham principle analyst, Saverio Romeo, who moderated the session, reckoned there were around 300 IoT platforms in operation today. “There are so many standards and no clear winners,” remarked Angelo Corsaro, CTO of PrismTech, which focuses […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Freemium MVNO model a success, claims FreedomPop head

The UK launch of its free MVNO service was a success, said FreedomPop president Nicholas Constantinopoulos. “It has been a showcase for the company and demonstrates we can break into markets other than the US. We’re in talks with other operators in Latin America, Asia and Africa to do the same.” He confirmed that the […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Gamelab founder talks Apple TV, VR and monetisation

Apple TV’s “ambition is defining the standard of the next-gen home entertainment centre” in which gaming apps will play a crucial role, according to Ivan Fernandez Lobo, founder and chairman of Gamelab Conference. Developers are only just starting to understand the power of the platform, said Fernandez Lobo, who believes that thanks to “new capabilities […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Under Armour learns from “robust community of data”

In light of the controversy over the accuracy of Fitbit’s heart rate monitor, Under Armour’s (UA) chief digital officer, Robin Thurston, said his company “doesn’t claim to be more or less accurate than others on the market”. However, with more than a decade of workout tracking and food logging, he believes Under Armour has “years […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Getty chief says one in four new images from phones

Dawn Airey may be the CEO of image library Getty Images, but she’s also a fan of the odd sneaky smartphone snap and argues there are moments when images from our phones have the edge over those from a professional’s camera. Speaking during the Mobile is Commerce session, Airey revealed that a surprisingly large amount […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Xiaomi looks to revive growth with flagships

Chinese smartphone player Xiaomi this morning unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Mi5 and Mi5 Pro, as it attempts to turnaround its fortunes after missing its handset target last year. The once fast-rising firm missed its 2015 handset target of 80 million by 12 per cent and also reportedly failed to reach its $1 billion […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: 5G to embrace unlicensed bands and Wi-Fi

The 5G technology roadmap will include Wi-Fi and the use of unlicensed spectrum bands, said Nokia’s head of e2e mobile network solutions, Peter Merz. “Wi-Fi has become a de-facto service and needs to be integrated into 5G,” claimed Merz at a panel session on 5G technology, timelines and applications. “While the use of unlicensed spectrum […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: BlackBerry acquires Encription, talks Microsoft and health

BlackBerry acquired UK security firm Encription, bolstering a move into cybersecurity consulting that was announced here at MWC. The company has created a Professional CyberSecurity Services practice which will offer organisations consulting services, tools and best practice. BlackBerry was tight-lipped on the detail of the Encription deal, which closed late last week (19 February). Talking […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: Stripe gives payments leg-up to startups in emerging markets

Patrick Collison, co-founder and chief executive of US payments company Stripe, used his keynote presentation this afternoon to speak about Atlas, a beta product designed to help entrepreneurs based in developing markets “gain access to the same business infrastructure enjoyed by tech companies here in Europe or the US”. Collison spoke of an uneven playing field, where […]

MWC 2016 LIVE: T-Mobile US reveals 5G trial plans

T-Mobile US followed rivals Verizon and AT&T by revealing plans to hold field trials for 5G later this year, with vendors Ericsson and Nokia announcing separate partnerships with the operator. The news does however come as somewhat of a surprise in light of comments made by T-Mobile US’ outspoken CEO John Legere just last week, who hit out at […]

MWC 2016 Live: Roshan CEO opens up on Afghanistan challenges

Karim Khoja, Roshan CEO, urged the global community not to forget the ongoing connectivity issues in Afghanistan, in light of recent problems in other parts of the world. Khoja founded Roshan in 2003 and is one of six providers in the country, and the company now has more than 7 million subscribers. In his ‘Mobile […]

MWC 2016 Live: Industrial world prepares to reap digital benefits

The industrial world is set to embrace the internet and digitisation as companies seek to return to the levels of productivity gains they have not seen in a decade. William Ruh (pictured), CEO of GE Digital, said today during his keynote at Congress that the last decade was more about the consumer internet. “But by […]