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Creativity in the Countryside: How Art and Tech are Revitalizing Epirus

Tzoumerka is made of stone. Not just the towering peaks of this mountainous area, formed by nature and geography over millennia, but almost everything made by human hands — the walls, town squares, bridges and buildings — has been crafted from the local stone. It creates quite an impression: permanence, timelessness and a resistance to … Read more

Democracy and Digital: The Need for a New Social Contract

The transformative impact of digital technologies on our daily life implies the need for a new social charter between the state and its citizens. Today’s world: in the midst of a digital revolution Since the invention of the printing press, the relationship between governments, administrations, and citizens has been paper-based, characterised by static, standardised interfaces. … Read more

A universe of digital tools to help school-aged students prepare for University

Across Europe an increasing number of students are sent on from secondary to higher education. As a consequence, university drop-out rates are increasing, not least because students have difficulties coping with a higher education teaching environment based much more on digital tools than what the students were used to in secondary school. The EU-funded Up2University … Read more

Two years of net neutrality in Europe – 31 NGOs urge to guarantee non-discriminatory treatment of communications

Today, on 30 April 2019, two years after the new net neutrality rules came into force, the EU Commission published its Report to evaluate their implementation in Europe. Unfortunately, the Report does not give the in-depth analysis of the situation that one could have hoped for. It ignores the fact that the respect for net … Read more

Copyright Directive – EU safeguards Free Software at the last minute

The European Parliament adopted the controversial Copyright Directive by 348 votes in favour, 274 votes against and 36 abstentions. Today’s vote marks the end of years of debate in the European Union. Heated discussions about the introduction of upload filters ended up in protests of tens of thousands people in the streets all across Europe. … Read more

We do not support the EU Copyright Directive in its current form. Here’s why you shouldn’t either.

The final text of the copyright directive for the digital single market will harm access to knowledge and unduly benefit large corporations and rightsholder industries. Despite the text’s carve outs, Wikimedia cannot support a reform that, at its core, aims to radically control the sharing of information online. After a long legislative process, the final … Read more

The CEF teams visits Greece to discuss eIDAS and the CEF building blocks

This week the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital team visited Athens to deliver an information session on the eIDAS regulation and showed how – in conjunction with the CEF building blocks – public administrations can build user centric digital public services for citizens and businesses. The CEF team was met by Nectarios Koziris, Dean of … Read more