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Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws

February 27, 2015 Comments off

Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws
Source: Law Library of Congress

This report contains information on laws regulating the collection of intelligence in the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Sweden. The report details how EU Members States control activities of their intelligence agencies and what restrictions are imposed on information collection. All EU Member States follow EU legislation on personal data protection, which is a part of the common European Union responsibility.

UK — Digital and technology skills matrix

February 27, 2015 Comments off

Digital and technology skills matrix
Source: Cabinet Office

This spreadsheet will help digital and technology specialists identify the skills that:

  • they need to work effectively in a digital environment
  • are needed by their organisation to complete a project or maintain a service
  • they want to develop

Any given role in an organisation will use skills from several of the skills groups, so users should choose the groups which are most relevant for their needs.

Each skills group is given a separate tab listing skills for that area of expertise, along with some helpful resources.

The matrix is also available in manual format as the Digital and technology skills reference guide.

The European offshore wind industry – key trends and statistics 2014

February 27, 2015 Comments off

The European offshore wind industry – key trends and statistics 2014 (PDF)
Source: European Wind Energy Association
From press release:

In 2014, 408 new offshore turbines were fully grid connected, adding 1,483 MW to the European system. The total installed capacity for Europe now stands at 8,045MW in 74 offshore wind farms in 11 European countries.

In 2014, the UK accounted for over half of all new installations (54.8%) with Germany in second (35.7%) and Belgium (9.5%) making up the rest. But for 2015, Germany is expected to install more offshore capacity than the UK, which has dominated installations in Europe for the past three years.

How digital is your country? New figures reveal progress needed towards a digital Europe

February 26, 2015 Comments off

How digital is your country? New figures reveal progress needed towards a digital Europe
Source: European Commission

There are plenty of digital opportunities waiting to be unlocked to benefit European citizens and companies. From shopping or studying online, to paying bills or using public services over the Internet – the Web is the answer, if the right conditions are in place. This is the conclusion of a new Digital Economy and Society Index developed by the European Commission and released today. Data shows that the picture of how digital countries are varies across the EU and that borders remain an obstacle to a fully-fledged Digital Single Market – one of the top priorities of the Juncker Commission.

The new tool presented today gives snapshots, per country, of connectivity (how widespread, fast and affordable broadband is), Internet skills, the use of online activities from news to shopping, how key digital technologies (e-invoices, cloud services, e-commerce, etc) and digital public services such as e-government and e-health are developed. The data is mostly from 2013 and 2014 and gives an overview of how digital Europe is, including rankings of the top digital performers.

Implementation of the European Citizens’ Initiative: The experience of the first three years

February 26, 2015 Comments off

Implementation of the European Citizens’ Initiative: The experience of the first three years
Source: European Parliament Think Tank

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been in operation for three years now. It was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty as an innovative instrument for transnational participatory democracy. It aims to involve citizens in political agenda-setting at EU level, by providing them with an indirect form of the right of legislative initiative. By 1 April 2015, the Commission is required to issue its first report on the application of the ECI Regulation. It is widely expected that this review will prompt a revision of that regulation. Observers have identified a number of shortcomings in its implementation, which impact negatively on the effectiveness and acceptance of this relatively new instrument of transnational participatory democracy.Against this background, stakeholders are calling for simplification and a substantial revision of the current ECI framework and its application, including its implementation in the EU Member States. This paper seeks to provide a systematic overview of the current weaknesses in the ECI process and summarises concrete recommendations actors have put forward for a better functioning ECI.

UK — Copyright and creation: a case for promoting inclusive online sharing

February 25, 2015 Comments off

Copyright and creation: a case for promoting inclusive online sharing
Source: London School of Economics

The creative industries are innovating to adapt to a changing digital culture and evidence does not support claims about overall patterns of revenue reduction due to individual copyright infringement. The experiences of other countries that have implemented punitive measures against individual online copyright infringers indicate that the approach does not have the impacts claimed by some in the creative industries. A review of the UK Digital Economy Act 2010 is needed based on independent analysis of the social, cultural and political impacts of punitive copyright infringement measures against citizens, and the overall experience of the creative industries.

UK — Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020

February 24, 2015 Comments off

Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020
Source: Department of Health, Cabinet Office and Prime Minister’s Office

It sets out what this government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be:

+ the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and
+ the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases

It also highlights the progress to date on improving dementia care, support and research.

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