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WHAT TO DO WITH A PROBLEM LIKE DATA? Relying on who you speak to, individuals’s on-line info ought to both be protected as a human proper, monetized to supply new digital providers or made extensively out there as if it was a 21st century foreign money.

As in all issues, the reality might be someplace in between, a proven fact that have to be maddeningly troublesome for regulators, corporations and most of the people to get their heads round as individuals develop more and more conscious that perhaps they need to pay extra consideration to the reams of data they readily add to the online.

Anticipate this theme to resurface repeatedly within the second half of 2018 because the European Fee and a collection of nationwide governments attempt to sq. this circle.

Everybody agrees that data — and entry to it — will drive the digital financial system. However there’s an open query over who will profit and what limits (if any) ought to govern corporations’ use of residents data.

— The Brits take a stab: Some summer time studying for many who missed this. The U.Okay. Treasury revealed a report referred to as “The Economic Value of Data,” laying out London’s perspective. Key takeouts: The federal government needs to make as a lot data obtainable to as many individuals as potential, but in addition acknowledges potential regulatory dangers, notably the siloing of huge data stockpiles with a couple of giant corporations.

— Don’t overlook the Germans: Andreas Mundt, the top of Germany’s Federal Cartel Workplace, is one to control (you’ll be able to learn our current profile of him right here). Not solely is he an outlier when it comes to reining in Fb’s use of data however his potential limits on company use of digital info are being intently adopted by competitors authorities in Brussels.

— Company view: I referred to as up a senior government at one of many giant U.S. tech companies to get his view on this regulatory pushback on data. Alas, he wouldn’t converse on the document out of worry of annoying authorities, however his level was easy. “It’s not like you hand over data to just one company and that’s it,” he stated. “Data isn’t like oil, it’s not scarce. Trying to prove that it’s a competition problem is going to be harder than people may first think.”

For extra on how data might, or might not, be the subsequent competitors battle, right here’s one thing Morning Tech cooked up earlier.

Morning Tech is taking a break the week of August 13, however we’ll again in your inboxes vibrant and early on August 20. Breaking information will nonetheless come by way of as regular or control our web site.

MORE ON DATA: 

— Data safety: Britain’s privateness watchdog fined the proprietor of Emma’s Diary, an internet site for expectant moms, £140,000 (€155,000) for illegally promoting data on multiple million individuals to the Labour Get together, which then focused the people in swing electoral districts within the nation’s nationwide election final yr. Learn extra right here or under.

— Data safety: NATO’s Technique Communications Unit (the spies in control of combating government-backed on-line misinformation) revealed a collection of reviews taking a look at the whole lot from Jihadi efforts to affect conventional media to how individuals communicated throughout Brexit. Take a look at the complete listing right here.

— GDPR redux: Instapaper, the digital service that permits individuals to learn on-line content material offline, has returned to Europe after a two-month hiatus as the corporate found out the right way to adjust to Europe’s new privateness requirements.

ELECTION SECURITY: Andrus Ansip took to Twitter to name on nationwide governments to do extra when it comes to getting ready themselves forward of subsequent yr’s European elections.

BUDGET — DIGITAL EUROPE FEEDBACK: The European Fee closed its suggestions session for its Digital Europe finances program, designed to provide the EU’s high-performance computing and synthetic intelligence capabilities a lift. A few of the highlights? “Criticism has been expressed by the Regulatory Scrutiny Board about the lack of clarity on the uptake of existing measures and the relationship with Horizon Europe. The biggest challenge in such a program is indeed to avoid the creation of parallel structures and pursue a synergistic integration of activities,” wrote the Luxembourg Centre for Techniques Biomedicine.  Nevertheless, solely six organizations responded with their ideas on the brand new monetary setup for digital. Learn their suggestions on-line.

TELECOMS — ITALY’S BROADBAND PLANS: Italy’s new authorities won’t be glad about all the EU’s digital reforms — ahem, copyright — nevertheless it’s shifting full-speed forward on modifications to telecoms guidelines. A current assembly in Rome confirmed the nation would work on a roadmap to release the 700 MHz spectrum band and to assist digitize the TV sector’s output. Learn the complete press launch on-line (in Italian).

STARTUPS — LISBON’S TECH SCENE: Overlook London, Paris or Berlin — the brand new place on the map for tech entrepreneurs in Europe is Lisbon, the place they will stay cheaply, absorb views of the Atlantic Ocean, and leap on a practice to EU citizenship. Geography, tradition and the comparatively benign prices of actual property and labor all play into Portugal’s boa-vida attraction — particularly in comparison with London or Paris or, more and more, upwardly-mobile Berlin.

— Extra to supply: Techies in Lisbon also can rely on critical help from the Portuguese authorities, which is keen to lure them within the wake of a blistering financial disaster. And in Europe’s race for tech expertise, Lisbon has a wildcard: A plan to supply residency, and ultimately citizenship, for anybody who invests at the very least €1 million within the native financial system, buys property value €500,000, or creates 10 jobs. Locals have only one request for the newcomers flocking to Portugal: Please cease calling Lisbon “the new Berlin.” POLITICO’s AI Correspondent Janosch Delcker reviews right here or under.

BREXIT — IMMIGRATION: U.Okay. enterprise foyer group the CBI requires migration to be placed on the desk in future U.Okay. and EU commerce talks in a report out immediately. Its proposals for a post-Brexit immigration system embrace requires staff to not be subjected to burdensome EU visa guidelines. It acknowledges public strain to finish free motion however requires a shift from managed numbers to assessments of migrant contribution. You’ll be able to learn the complete suggestions right here.

PLATFORMS — FACEBOOK MODERATION: The social community’s Vice President of Coverage Richard Allan wrote a weblog submit Thursday setting out what’s and isn’t acceptable on the platform. Learn in full right here. Not OK: 3D printed weapons.

PLATFORMS — PEOPLE FACEBOOK SAYS YOU SHOULD KNOW: Fb’s Individuals You Might Know function has been matching you with individuals it thinks it is best to befriend for years now. However the survival of the function doesn’t imply it’s notably well-liked. “People You May Know has been getting on people’s nerves for over 10 years,” writes Kashmir Hill in Gizmodo.

PENTAGON INNOVATION: The Pentagon has renamed its unit for collaboration with the tech business, dropping “experimental” and marking its transition from short-term to everlasting. Learn the memo from U.S. Deputy Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan right here.

US — ASSANGE TO TESTIFY? WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent the previous six years in Ecuador’s London embassy, is contemplating a suggestion to seem earlier than a U.S. Senate committee to debate alleged Russian interference within the 2016 U.S. election, in response to his lawyer. Particulars from Reuters.

GERMANY — GAME THEORY: Germans will be capable of purchase pc video games that function Nazi symbols after the Leisure Software program Self-Regulation Physique introduced it might change the way it assessed them on Thursday. A clause within the legal code that permits symbols comparable to swastikas for use in a “socially adequate” method will now apply to video games, along with films. Extra from DW.

COMPETITION — QUALCOMM SETTLES IN TAIWAN: Qualcomm is settling its Taiwan antitrust case by paying $89 million, in accordance with an announcement in the present day. Extra from Reuters.

INTERNET OF WHAT? Earlier this summer time, Microsoft constructed an undersea data middle off the coast of Scotland, benefiting from an area extra of power and the chilly temperatures of the North Sea. Now, it’s gone one step additional by including a webcam so individuals can watch the fishes swim by. You’ll be able to have a look for your self, although Morning Tech isn’t satisfied that it’s from the North Sea (the water is surprisingly clear!)

Morning Tech wouldn’t be attainable with out Kate Day and Zoya Sheftalovich.

**POLITICO has expanded its U.Okay. know-how protection and is piloting a U.Okay. version of our Morning Tech publication. To check it out, e-mail [email protected] mentioning U.Okay. Tech.**

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Lisbon bids for tech expertise — with EU passports as a prize

— By Janosch Delcker

LISBON — Overlook about London, Paris or Berlin for a minute.

The brand new place on the map for tech entrepreneurs in Europe is Lisbon, the place they will stay cheaply, absorb views of the Atlantic Ocean — and leap on a practice to citizenship within the European Union.

Geography, tradition and the comparatively benign prices of actual property and labor all play into Portugal’s boa-vida attraction — particularly in comparison with London or Paris or, more and more, upwardly cellular Berlin. Techies right here may also rely on critical help from the Portuguese authorities, which is keen to lure them within the wake of a blistering financial disaster.

In Europe’s race for tech expertise, Lisbon has a wildcard: a plan to supply residency, and ultimately citizenship, for anybody who invests a minimum of €1 million within the native financial system, buys property value €500,000 or creates 10 jobs. The passport-for-investment scheme has already drawn hundreds of  buyers and has begun to catch on with the tech group. Its potential to attract expertise from Brazil, for instance, which is brimming with expert programmers, provides Portugal an edge at a time when Brexit and new restrictions on immigration are more and more problematic for London, Europe’s No. 1 tech vacation spot.

Thus far, fewer than a dozen entrepreneurs, together with some from the tech sector, have taken benefit of the passport-for-jobs choice. However supporters anticipate numbers to go up now that various main corporations, together with a few of the world’s tech giants, opened branches in Lisbon over the past yr.

And this rising record of companies opening tech workplaces marks solely the start of what’s but to return, officers say.

Graça Fonseca, Portugal’s secretary of state for administrative modernization and a longtime political companion of Prime Minister António Costa, laid out her imaginative and prescient of how Portugal would develop into a number one vacation spot for entrepreneurs who need to develop purposes for the general public sector.

“What I say to [entrepreneurs] is ‘Listen, working solutions for public markets are global: What you can develop here in Portugal can go to Germany, London, Paris, wherever,’” she stated in an interview at her workplace overseeing the Tagus river.

Locals, together with Fonseca, have only one request for the newcomers flocking to Portugal: Please cease calling Lisbon “the new Berlin.”

“Lisbon cannot compete with Berlin in terms of its dimension, its territory, its history. And why should we?” she stated. “Berlin doesn’t have what we have, and we don’t have what Berlin has.”

A person from Berlin

Lined with tattoo parlors and old-school automotive restore outlets, the streets of Lisbon’s industrial Beato district — about an hour-and-a-half’s stroll east from Fonseca’s workplace — look extra Brooklyn than Berlin.

“All of this will be office spaces,” stated Simon Schäfer, guiding a customer by means of the large higher flooring of an industrial complicated.

Turning the 25 factories within the coronary heart of Beato, which as soon as produced meals for the Portuguese military, right into a mega-campus for startups and international corporations is the newest challenge for Schäfer, a 40-year-old German.

He arrived in 2016, when Costa’s administration poached him from Berlin, the place he had already supervised the opening of two large tech campuses. His fundamental venture is to construct “StartUP Portugal,” an affiliation overseeing the nation’s technique for entrepreneurship.

One of many first issues Schäfer did was to place up billboards throughout the nation that learn “This is not the New Berlin.” It was his means of responding to guests who stored asserting that Lisbon was about to only copy-paste the strategy of Germany’s hip capital, which attracted creatives with low cost rents within the 2000s,  adopted by entrepreneurs within the 2010s.

Lisbon, nevertheless, presents its personal distinctive promoting factors, he stated.

Schäfer has labored labored with the German authorities and Berlin’s regional administration in addition to the European Fee. However he says nothing compares to the help he will get from Costa’s present minority Socialist authorities in Portugal.

“Where else would it be possible for an association to literally have its office inside the economy ministry?” he stated.

Within the final two years a key facet of his affiliation’s technique, apart from fostering startups, was convincing the world’s tech giants to open up branches in Portugal, Schäfer stated. This yr alone, corporations together with American tech big Google, German on-line retailer Zalando and carmaker Volkswagen all introduced they have been establishing native tech improvement facilities. 

When Mercedes-Benz adopted go well with in Might, the corporate stated the Portuguese capital was “currently becoming the ‘place to be’ in the digital world.”

The arrival of those main gamers “doesn’t just create jobs,” Schäfer stated.

Their presence, “also has a spillover effect into the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” and helps to convey again a few of the a whole lot of hundreds of individuals who left in the course of the financial disaster.

Again on its ft

When Graça Fonseca, a sociologist by coaching, started oversight of financial progress and innovation in then-mayor Costa’s workplace in 2009, Portugal had hit all-time low. Unemployment was at greater than 10 % and stored rising till it peaked at close to 18 % in 2013.

“Really, the crisis was here,” she remembered. However, she stated, Costa and his staff managed to get Lisbon again on its ft, a hit she hopes to duplicate nationally.

The town lacked an financial technique. One of many first measures taken was a world PR marketing campaign selling Lisbon overseas as a hub bridging Portuguese-speaking nations on three totally different continents.

However Fonseca was additionally conscious that Lisbon’s depressed metropolis middle wanted to be revived; apart from boosting commerce and tourism, rising a tech scene there turned a central pillar of their technique.

In 2011, the town launched an incubator referred to as “Startup Lisboa” proper in its troubled middle. Slowly however steadily, a complete of 280 startups moved into beforehand empty workplaces and outlets, creating over 1,500 jobs.

A yr later, the nation additionally began handy out “golden visas” to those that make investments a minimum of one million euros, purchase actual property value half one million or create at the very least 10 jobs in Portugal.

Since then, 6,369 residence permits, permitting individuals to journey freely inside the Schengen space and to use for full citizenship standing after six years, have been issued, in line with authorities statistics launched in July. Solely a tiny fraction of these — 11 visa — went to entrepreneurs, whereas the bulk got to actual property buyers, primarily from China, prompting critics to warn that this system could possibly be used for cash laundering or tax evasion. 

However supporters level to the just about €three.9 billion of overseas cash this system has poured into Portugal since 2012. This funding, they are saying, helped foster progress in a rustic the place banks nonetheless wrestle with the heritage of dangerous loans and stay reluctant to lend cash, notably to younger corporations. They usually are assured the variety of entrepreneurial visa will quickly go up, now that huge gamers have arrived in Lisbon.

In 2016, Lisbon additionally managed to lure Europe’s largest tech occasion, the Net Summit, away from Dublin for a minimum of three years. In the identical yr, when the U.Okay. — the EU’s No. 1 tech vacation spot — voted to go away the bloc, the Portuguese authorities was fast to arrange a process pressure referred to as “Portugal In” to draw overseas funding. In 2017 alone, British funding within the nation grew greater than fivefold to €750 million from €140 million in 2016, in accordance with authorities data.

Numbers recommend the measures — together with a growth in tourism and exports, historically the spine of the financial system — are paying off: Progress is presently estimated at 2.6 %, its quickest since 2000. Unemployment is down to six.7 %, the bottom in 16 years.

Bringing them house

Now that Portugal is on the map for tech, the plan is to start out bringing again a few of these who left through the disaster.

It’s inconceivable to state precisely how many individuals joined the exodus, partly as a result of many who left to different EU nations by no means notified authorities that they have been shifting. Nevertheless, specialists estimate that almost half one million individuals left Portugal between 2011 and 2014 — the nation’s largest emigration in 50 years.

The federal government is decided to make it as straightforward as attainable for them to resettle.

“We were surprised how fast the process was, and not only that — people also helped us a lot,” stated Ricardo Rodrigues, the director of the brand new Lisbon workplace of mycujoo, a tech startup offering livestream providers to soccer golf equipment and associations all over the world. 

Launched by Portuguese founders 4 years in the past in Zurich, the agency later opened workplaces within the Netherlands and Singapore. Once they determined so as to add a location in Lisbon earlier this yr, their fundamental concern was discovering tech-savvy expertise.

However inside weeks, purposes have been pouring in. And government-run businesses shortly helped them discover an workplace in a co-working area close to Lisbon’s iconic 25th of April bridge.

“The government [is providing] very good conditions,” Rodrigues stated.

Mycujoo now has plans to additional broaden in Portugal, not least as a result of its founders are Portuguese and since salaries and glued prices are decrease than at any of the corporate’s different places.

On the finish of the day, it’s not simply cash that helps corporations to draw expertise, Rodrigues added as he stood on the rooftop of the complicated the place mycujoo’s workplaces are situated.

“People don’t only look for a salary at the end of the months,” he stated, blinded by the solar reflecting within the Atlantic Ocean, “It’s also about whether they can have a good quality of life.”

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UK watchdog fines dealer £140,000 for illegally promoting data to Labour Get together

— By Mark Scott

LONDON — Britain’s privateness watchdog fined a data dealer £140,000 (€155,000) immediately for illegally amassing and promoting private info to the nation’s Labour Celebration, which used the knowledge to focus on potential voters throughout final yr’s basic election.

The Info Commissioner’s Workplace stated Lifecycle Advertising, which runs the Emma’s Diary web site for expectant moms, illegally bought info on multiple million individuals to Experian Advertising Providers, a unit of a credit score reference company, to be used by the Labour Get together.

The celebration then used the web data to ship focused mail to moms dwelling in marginal electoral districts in an effort to persuade them to vote Labour, in response to the ICO. The corporate didn’t disclose that folks’s info can be utilized by political events.

“All organisations involved in political campaigning must use personal information in ways that are transparent, lawful and understood by the U.K. public,” Elizabeth Denham, head of the ICO, stated in a press release.

“The relationship between data brokers, political parties and campaigns is complex,” she added. “Even though this company was not directly involved in political campaigning, the democratic process must be transparent.”

Spokespeople for Emma’s Diary and the Labour Get together weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.

 

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