European creativity and digital economy are drowning in a copyright swamp

This article was written for The European Sting by our readers Professor Dr. Mindaugas Kiskis at Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writers’ views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue.  The EU copyright reform needs just one last approval by the European Parliament. It is bulldozer driven by the copyright incumbents […]

Don’t compare data to oil – digitization needs a new mindset

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General, Finnish National Board of Education We must be able to make the utilization of knowledge and the processes of collective learning more visible in order to be able to operate better in the future. We […]

4 ways to cyberproof your business during mergers & acquisitions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Algirde Pipikaite, Project Lead, Governance and Policy, World Economic Forum & Sam Rajachudamani, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a commonly adopted business strategy in the interest of value creation. Motivation for M&A varies and includes […]

Innovating together: connectivity that matters at ITU Telecom World 2019 – in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content What’s the difference between connectivity and connectivity that matters? How can technological innovation increase the well-being of people throughout the world – including the very poorest without access to running water, electricity or education? And why is international collaboration the kingpin of development? These are some of the questions raised by the theme […]

How innovation from within is transforming International Organizations as well as lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tina Ambos, Director, Institute of Management at the University of Geneva & Katherine Tatarinov, PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, Geneva School of Economics and Management Last year the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, made a call to action. “Beginning […]

More than half of the global population is now online

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content There’s a really neat web page on which you can, literally, watch the internet grow. As the numbers roll up towards 4.2 billion users, you see that 55% of the world’s 7.7 billion […]

We are on the edge of a new ‘cyber’ space age. This is how we make it a success

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristof Terryn, Group Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Executive Committee, Zurich Insurance Group Almost exactly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon. This remarkable achievement had been unimaginable only years […]

Europe is no longer an innovation leader. Here’s how it can get ahead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy managing director, European Fund for Strategic Investments & Roger Havenith, Deputy chief executive, European Investment Fund When it comes to technological innovation, Europe is now lagging behind not only the US and Japan, but also China. […]

Three ways Finland leads the world – and education isn’t one of them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ishita Barua, MD & Research Scientist, University of Oslo Finland’s education system is globally renowned. For more than a decade, Finland has been one of the top performers in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). But the Finns […]

The digital skills gap is widening fast. Here’s how to bridge it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Berners-Lee, Director, W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Access to skilled workers is already a key factor that sets successful companies apart from failing ones. In an increasingly data-driven future – the European Commission believes there could be as […]

It’s time for financial services to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Fourth Industrial Revolution has had a staggering effect on certain industries. From healthcare to retail to agriculture, a range of sectors have dramatically changed the way they store data, extrapolate learnings from […]

The world wide web is 30 years old. What better time to fight for its future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Berners-Lee, Director, W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Today, 30 years on from my original proposal for an information management system, half the world is online. It’s a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come, but also an opportunity […]

What people want – ignore at your peril

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ann Cairns, Vice Chairman, Mastercard Technology’s ‘raison d’etre’ has always been to simplify the complex and to increase efficiency. As the rate of innovation is increasing, the power of technology to streamline our lives has also grown exponentially. The […]

Password managers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content For people who struggle to remember complex passwords or those who work at companies where the IT departments mandate password changes on a set schedule, password managers are lifesavers. Those tools work by […]

Cybersecurity should be a source of hope, not fear. Here are 5 reasons why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adrien Ogée, Project Lead, Cyber Resilience, World Economic Forum This headline was in the news a few weeks ago: “Hackers are passing around a megaleak of 2.2 billion records”. Headlines like this are common in the cybersecurity space. What […]

Gender equality in STEM is possible. These countries prove it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content There should be no shortage of inspirational role models for young girls dreaming of a career in science. Women have been responsible for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs that shaped the […]

Here are 4 tips for governing by design in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Centre & Kris Broekaert, Government Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum Geneva There is much talk about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how its advances in technology are transforming the ways in which individuals and […]

Here are the biggest cybercrime trends of 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Einaras von Gravrock, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, CUJO AI Cybercriminals are using more advanced and scalable tools to breach user privacy, and they are getting results. Two billion data records were compromised in 2017, and more than 4.5 […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity: Why consumer products must be looked at urgently”, by BEUC’s Deputy Director General

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Ms. Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General of BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer.   According to estimates there will be 75 billion connected devices globally in 2025. More and more traditional consumer products that can connect […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Stronger Cybersecurity for a safer EU against cybercrime and cyber threats”, by MEP Dalli

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Ms. Miriam Dalli, Malta’s prominent MEP for S&D, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. More protection in a digital world without borders.The Internet. No need for an introduction but definitely a need for an […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity Act for safer European Industries and Consumers against cyberthreats”, by MEP Niebler

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Ms. Angelika Niebler, Germany’s MEP of EPP and European Parliament’s Cybersecurity Rapporteur. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Many people still think of cyber-attacks as science fiction and a story that makes for a good Hollywood movie. But this is certainly […]

A Sting Exclusive: “The EU Cybersecurity Act for a more secure and cyber-resilient European Digital Single Market”, by EU Commissioner Gabriel

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Ms. Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner in charge of Digital Economy and Society. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. The European Cybersecurity Act will help us step up our cybersecurity in the EU. The Cybersecurity Act is one of the key initiatives […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity Act for a cyber-bulletproof EU”, by EU Vice-President Ansip

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Mr. Andrus Ansip, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Malicious cyber-activity has proliferated across the globe. It has become more brazen and sophisticated, imaginative and international. Multi-country incidents […]

Streaming music isn’t as green as you might think. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content There has been a change in the way people listen to music and watch movies. One of the consequences of that change has been that we are less concerned with owning something than […]

These are the countries where most adults still don’t have a smartphone

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer , Formative Content On 3 April 1973, Motorola employee Martin Bell made the world’s first mobile phone call. Nearly 50 years on, more than 5 billion people are connected to mobile services – and […]

Overcoming the paralysis of trust management across a fractured IT landscape

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Ghetti, Technologist, Ionic Security Trust is a state of being, an emotion and a fundamental way of operating. “A complete absence of trust would prevent one even getting up in the morning.” — Niklas Luhmann, ‘Trust and Power’ […]

The latest emoji are more inclusive – but who approves them?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer , Formative Content Dozens of disability-themed emoji have met with approval from the Unicode Consortium and also received a thumbs-up from disability rights campaigners. The new designs show people of different ethnicities using sign language […]

Have we reached peak smartphone?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer When did you last upgrade your smartphone? Perhaps not as promptly as you have in the past? After explosive growth, the smartphone industry is showing some signs of slowing. So have we passed the peak? The […]

What data dominance really means, and how countries can compete

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Governance of the digital economy was a key topic on the global agenda at Davos 2019, from panel discussions to Shinzo Abe’s announcement of a G20 track for data governance. It seems as though we are […]

Tech must embrace teamwork to transform the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Despite the proliferation of technology that was once only dreamed of in science-fiction movies, our world still faces age-old problems – from poverty and hunger, to pollution and diseases. In fact, 1.2 billion people have no […]

A brief history of cryptography and why it matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Image: Statista Cryptography, cyphers, secret codes. Words that summon up images of a world of covert messages, clandestine meetings and international espionage. Those associations were reinforced recently when Queen Elizabeth II of the […]

The digital transformation is a skills and education opportunity for all. Companies must use it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; Executive Vice-President, Microsoft Corporation, Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Human Resource Management & Shea Gopaul, Founder and […]

Supercomputing could solve the world’s problems, and create many more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georgia Frances King, Ideas Editor, Quartz Supercomputers have the potential to turn us into superhumans. Our potential and power increase in lockstep with to the tools we have to serve us. The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on […]