10 things you – and your government – should know about competitiveness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum & Saadia ZahidiManaging Director, Head of Social and Economic Agendas, World Economic Forum Even as globalization has led to unprecedented gains for many from the movement of goods, services, […]

Could robot leaders do better than our current politicians?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zeger van der Wal, Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore & Yifei Yan, PhD candidate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore The Fourth Industrial Revolution is […]

“Cyber security is a shared responsibility: stop, think, connect”, a Sting Exclusive by EU Commissioner Gabriel

This cutting-edge article on Cybersecurity was exclusively written for The Sting by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Ms Mariya Gabriel. The opinions expressed hereby belong to our distinguished writer. Most of us in Europe are fortunate to live in a world that is safe. From the food we eat to the homes we live […]

Online government services could change your life. But only if you have access to the internet

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oren Pinsky, Project Coordinator, Internet for All, Latin America, World Economic Forum Geneva Estonians can register a new company online without leaving their desks. Brazilians can file their taxes online. Muscovites and Porteños – citizens of Buenos Aires […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Europe needs decisive progress for stronger cybersecurity”, EU Commissioner Gabriel highlights from Brussels

This cutting-edge article on Cybersecurity was exclusively written for The Sting by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Ms Mariya Gabriel. The opinions expressed hereby belong to our distinguished writer. Cybersecurity remains one of the biggest policy challenges in the digital area. It has become a cross-cutting issue that not only concerns the […]

We need a new Operating System for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Murat Sönmez, Head of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Society’s operating system needs an upgrade. The model we have been using is simply not up to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. […]

Governments can fight corruption by joining the digital payment revolution

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tidhar Wald, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Better than Cash Alliance, United Nations. Tackling corruption is high on government agendas. Such a pervasive problem demands new solutions, especially in light of the latest […]

GSMA announces new keynote speakers for 2018 Mobile World Congress

Endorsed Content Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and President of World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim Among Recently Confirmed Keynote Speakers London: The GSMA today announced nearly a dozen new keynote speakers for the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018, as well as updates on exhibitors, sponsors, partners and programmes. Mobile World Congress will be […]

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 […]