Lessons Africa can teach us about building the digital future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Miebach CEO, Mastercard Africa has much to teach us about how to ensure everyone shares in a bright digital future. Existing business models and research often won’t translate, while services need to be curated from the ground […]

Annual report lays out the challenges of protecting fundamental rights in the digital age

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission released its annual report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU. This is the first report following last year’s strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU, which announced […]

New rules on VAT rates offer Member States more flexibility while supporting the EU’s green, digital and public health priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the agreement reached by EU finance ministers today to update the current rules governing value-added tax (VAT) rates for goods and services. These new rules will provide governments with more flexibility in the rates they can apply and ensure equal treatment […]

Digital Economy and Society Index 2021: overall progress in digital transition but need for new EU-wide efforts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published the results of the 2021 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which tracks the progress made in EU Member States in digital competitiveness in the areas of human capital, broadband connectivity, the integration of digital technologies by businesses and digital […]

Top-down or bottom-up? How to cultivate a digital culture in your organization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samanntha DuBridge, VP, Global Benefits, Culture & Engagement, HR Mergers and Acquisitions, Employee Mobility, Hewlett Packard Enterprise & Brian Tippens, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to a digital-first world which […]

State aid: Commission invites comments on draft proposal to further facilitate implementation of aid measures promoting the green and digital transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting Member States and all other interested parties to comment on certain proposed amendments to the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). The purpose of the proposed revision is to reflect the changes to various sets of State aid Guidelines, which […]

Cambodia’s digital currency can show other central banks the way

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Makoto Takemiya, Co-founder and CEO, Soramitsu The National Bank of Cambodia launched its digital currency, Bakong, in October 2020. Almost 200,000 people use its digital wallet, and almost 6 million have benefited through the use of connected banking […]

How to bring digital inclusion to the people who need it most

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Govind Shivkumar, Director, Responsible Technology, Omidyar Network, Kevin O’Neil, Associate Director, Strategic Insights, Rockefeller Foundation & Liv Marte Kristiansen Nordhaug, Co-Lead, Digital Public Goods Alliance, NORAD , Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) solutions can improve the lives of citizens’ […]

4 ways regulators must keep up with the global digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lisa Quest, Partner; Head, Public Sector, United Kingdom & Ireland, Oliver Wyman Group (MMC) & Jo Ann Barefoot, Founder, CEO, Alliance for Innovative Regulation & Owain Service, Founder, CEO, The Cognition Company Governments must learn how to regulate […]

EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe’s recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission has today proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs. It […]

This is what healthcare leaders see as the future for digital health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Senior Writer, Formative Content To ensure social distancing and avoid infection, healthcare practices in many countries shifted from in-person consultations to telemedicine. Nearly two-thirds of healthcare providers across 14 global markets are now investing heavily in […]

Zoom chief: Digital tax policy should be a ‘set of carrots’ not sticks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Global tax policy on digital services has to be multilateral – and should be more carrot than stick, Josh Kallmer, Zoom’s Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations has said. He […]

3 principles to reinforce digital trust in supply chains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georges de Moura, Head of Industry Solutions, Platform for Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust, World Economic Forum & Christophe Blassiau, Senior Vice-President, Cybersecurity and Global CISO, Schneider-Electric Cyber-threats are increasing with the transformation of digital […]

4 ways to build resilience to digital risks in the COVID-19 era

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah Founder, The SecDev Group and Igarapé Institute & Rafal Rohozinski, Founder, The SecDev Group By 2026, almost 26% of the world’s GDP could be based on internet-based and digitally-connected industries. Seizing digital opportunities begins with an […]

COVID-19 shows why we must build trust in digital financial services

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leora Klapper, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank The pandemic has proved that digital financial inclusion is crucial – and that it cannot depend on cash-out services. Weak financial infrastructure makes digital transactions difficult – and people […]

Team Europe: Digital4Development Hub launched to help shape a fair digital future across the globe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will officially launch the Digital4Development (D4D) Hub in the presence of representatives from the five Hub-founding EU Member States, under the German EU Council Presidency. The platform gathers key stakeholders from EU Member States, private sector, […]

Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe. Setting out a vision of the European Education Area to be achieved by […]

Health care’s digital times

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Heloisa Picolotto Oliveira and Ms. Jessica Lais Caregnato de Meira, two fourth-year medical student at Unicesumar, Paraná, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers […]

It’s 100 years since US women got the right to vote, but how has gender equality changed?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers Writer, Formative Content This year marks the 100th anniversary of US women getting the right to vote. But data from the Global Gender Report shows there’s still a long way to go to reach gender parity […]

Digitalising and modernising judicial cooperation: Council endorses provisional agreement reached with the European Parliament on service of documents and taking of evidence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council endorsed the provisional agreement reached with European Parliament on 30 June, on the European Commission’s amended regulations for the service of documents and the taking of evidence abroad. Vĕra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency and Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice […]

Shaping Europe’s digital future: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. I am a tech optimist. My belief in technology as a force for good comes from my experience as a medical student. I learnt and saw first-hand its ability to change fates, save lives and make mundane what once would have been a miracle. […]

It’s time to disrupt Human Resources if we want talent fit for the digital age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adriana Stan, Strategic Communications Consultant, Interesting Speakers & Tom Goodwin, Head of Futures and Insight, Publicis Groupe The rise of HR can be traced back to the dawn of the industrial age. The model is outdated if a […]

Personalized healthcare and better population health? Here’s how digital can help achieve that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi Technology is bringing us closer to personalized healthcare and optimized population health. But how we apply emerging technologies and digital innovation in healthcare needs to be strategic. Every aspect of healthcare, from […]

Young people struggling in digital world, finds latest OECD PISA survey

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. One in four students in OECD countries are unable to complete even the most basic reading tasks, meaning they are likely to struggle to find their way through life in an increasingly volatile, digital world. This is one of the findings of the OECD’s latest PISA […]

Global public-private collaboration tackles cybersecurity skills gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ken Xie, CEO, Fortinet, Jim Alkove, Chief Trust Officer, Salesforce & Alois Zwinggi, Managing Director; Head of Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum As the world continues to transition to a digital economy, online connectivity is critical for unlocking […]

OECD leading multilateral efforts to address tax challenges from digitalisation of the economy

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Today the OECD Secretariat published a proposal to advance international negotiations to ensure large and highly profitable Multinational Enterprises, including digital companies, pay tax wherever they have significant consumer-facing activities and generate their profits. The new OECD proposal brings together common elements of three competing proposals from […]

Want to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Look to digital technologies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Over the next decade, the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – particularly 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial […]

How private investment can boost education access and quality in the digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Education can close achievement gaps and lift communities and individuals from poverty. As literacy rates rise around the world, the link between education and income is more evident. At the same time, the […]

OK computer: why the machine age still needs humans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Prasad Akella, Founder and CEO, Drishti Tony has worked in the same automotive plant in north-west Ohio, US, for nearly two decades. During that time, he moved from a part-time line associate on the third shift to a line […]

Why financial services can kickstart Africa’s digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Herman Smit, Director, Cenfri & Chernay Johnson, Engagement manager, insight2impact Africa’s largely informal economy is digitizing. Improved internet and smartphone penetration have given rise to virtual marketplaces, also known as digital platforms, where millions of workers and enterprises have […]

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

Sponsored content The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the third gathering of MWC19 Los Angeles taking place October 22-24, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The GSMA also released additional event details including new programs, exhibitors and participating companies. “The mobile industry touches the lives of billions of people around the world, […]

An economist explains how to value the internet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT – Sloan School of Management & Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum It is one the most commonly used measures of economic activity: gross domestic product (GDP), […]

Data is the oil of the digital world. What if tech giants had to buy it from us?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Agnes Budzyn, Managing Director, Global Growth, Consensys AG In 2017, the Economist published a widely referenced article claiming that oil had been replaced as the world’s most valuable resource by data – specifically, data captured from users by tech […]