A historic announcement for the Internet by the US Government

A historic announcement for the Internet by the US Government

On Friday, 14th of March, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the US Department of Commerce, announced a historic step for the future of the Internet: its “intention to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community”. Telefónica has argued for a while for an increased globalization of [...]

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Think Big School EU Launch in Brussels

Think Big School EU Launch in Brussels

The opportunities of digital are now clear in our everyday lives and many benefit from a world where the web and technology are omnipresent. However, as Europe’s digital landscape continues to evolve, there are still those who do not have access to the web and millions more that lack the skills necessary to shape it. [...]

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The European Commission considers that the SmartSantander project has “exceeded expectations”

The European Commission considers that the SmartSantander project has “exceeded expectations”

SmartSantander, an Internet of Things (IoT) EU project, presented this week its final results after three years of activity. Santander has become the first comprehensive smart city in Europe and an international benchmark in smart city design. The SmartSantander report, produced by the European Commission (EC), highlighted the management by Telefónica R&D and the coordination [...]

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All united to open up education

All united to open up education

The current education system, at world level, is under debate. In particular, the teaching methods, the contents, the tools used and the role of teachers/professors and students are some of the topics that are being analyzed. For years, ICTs have proven successful in transforming sectors such as Healthcare and Finance, and they will also have [...]

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New steps to revamp citizens’ privacy within the European Union

New steps to revamp citizens’ privacy within the European Union

Wednesday this week, the European Parliament took a step forwards European citizens’ data protection by giving an overwhelming plenary vote in favor of Commission’s proposal on the General Data Protection Regulation and the LIBE committee’s report on mass surveillance. It is a relevant milestone for providing a more consistent protection of European citizens. However, the [...]

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Europe urgently needs a digital wake-up call

Europe urgently needs a digital wake-up call

Europe urgently needs collective action with an open approach towards education, digital innovation and entrepreneurship if it hopes to regain its momentum in the global digital revolution.  That was the clear message from Telefónica’s Chief Commercial Digital Officer, Eduardo Navarro, earlier this week as he spoke on stage during the EC Innovation Convention 2014. Telefonica believes [...]

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Global Agenda post 2015 – What are your priorities for a better world?

Global Agenda post 2015 – What are your priorities for a better world?

In the post Are the Millennium Development Goals being met? Part I we said that there is still a lot to do and that we do not know what will happen after 2015. It is true that we don’t know. The good news is that it is in our hands: the United Nations is giving [...]

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Telefonica´s Digital Manifesto: An open and safe Internet experience for all!

Telefonica´s Digital Manifesto: An open and safe Internet experience for all!

What are today´s challenges for the Internet and Digital World? What needs to be done to provide every user of Digital services with a safe and open experience? How can we govern the Internet? These are just some of the pressing questions many Internet users, policymakers and institutions are asking. To give our views in [...]

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The future of our cars lies in connectivity

The future of our cars lies in connectivity

During the next decade connectivity will become usual in cars. Machina Research forecasts that 90% of new cars will include connectivity platforms by 2020 – in contrast with the current percentage, which is less than 10%. For 2022 there will be 1,800 million of M2M connections dedicated to the car industry. This figure includes 700 [...]

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Brujula innovation

Innovation: at the heart of the EU public policy agenda

Innovation is one of the key issues of the Europe 2020 Initiative and many are the actions fostered by the European Union in this area. Next week, on the 10-11th March, the European Commission organizes the Innovation Convention event in Brussels and Telefónica will participate to the debates.

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NETmundial meeting in Brazil: a good starting point

NETmundial meeting in Brazil: a good starting point

The uncertain outcome of the last WCIT (World Conference on International Telecommunications) and the surveillance scandal have mobilized two of the most actives actors in the Internet Governance arena in an attempt to find common ground where to build the Internet for next years. The Brazil Government, with its CGI (Comitê Gestor da Internet) arm [...]

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Internet Governance debate: what are our beliefs?

Internet Governance debate: what are our beliefs?

The Internet Governance debate is complex as it involves a lot of concepts, institutions and interest groups. The correct approach to find suitable solutions for all is going from the basis to the more concrete, and we consider that the basis here are some principles and ideas that should pervade the on-going discussions. From our [...]

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“Creating what’s next”: Welcome to the Mobile World Congress 2014!

“Creating what’s next”: Welcome to the Mobile World Congress 2014!

As every year, Barcelona hosts this week (from 24 to 27 February) a new edition of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s greatest mobile event. This year, the lemma of the congress is: “Creating what’s next”. The organizer of the event, The Global Association of Mobile Operators (GSMA), has referred to this edition as the [...]

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