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On Friday the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained. For me, this whole situation is fascinating and rather than try to offer a profound insight, I am simply going to ask a couple of questions, out loud. Question One Why has Mr Assange not become an Ecuadorean… » read more

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Europe Needs More Startups

On Friday last week (6th September) your author moderated two panel discussions at an EU event in Floriana, Malta. It was an EESC Going Local event in partnership with DG Connect. The first panel discussion began with a few words and some Q&A with the Director General of DG Connect (responsible for the Digital Agenda),… » read more

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Several of my recent posts have related to the “skills mismatch” in Europe. In these times of high unemployment it seems right to do so and I clearly recall the emphasis placed on education during the eSkills launch a few weeks ago (I wrote about it here). There are, however, two sides to every story.… » read more

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Your author was in Brussels on Monday for the launch of the 2012 e-Skills week by the European Commission. The event was split into three sessions and for me, session number three lit up the day. This is possibly problematic since the session only had one genuine policy person in it, the rest were people… » read more

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Today’s Digital Agenda Summit from The Lisbon Council proved to be both an eye opener and perplexing. As someone with an above average understanding of digital issues it was a real worry just how much more complex the main issue being discussed really is than I had realised. What is that issue? Data management and… » read more

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On Wednesday this week, the Brussels based Lisbon Council hosted an event about IP and copyright laws titled, “How the Intellectual Property Framework Supports Innovation and Growth“. Your author has been doing a lot of reading about these topics in recent weeks and found this to be another very interesting event from the Lisbon Council.… » read more

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