The technology industry is growing faster than any other and having a positive and far-reaching influence on the world. The products and services software developers are creating and the data that powers them are making our lives healthier, safer, and more prosperous. Unfortunately, that same innovation and excitement is too often met with trepidation — or even confusion — in the halls of Congress.
The Alliance organised its fourth Tech Policy Roundtable on 'EU Decision Making: Digital Tools for Citizens Engagement' that took place in the European Parliament. The Roundtable was co-hosted by S&D MEPs, Catherine Stihler and Victor Negrescu. The event allowed the 50+ guests to discuss the importance of civic tech and the obstacles facing the sector.
Online platforms have become a hot policy topic for many governments and regulators around the world of late, including the European Commission (EC). In fact, the EC recently concluded a months-long assessment of the effects platforms have on consumers, businesses and the economy as a whole. Its findings are welcome news for developers utilising existing online platforms, building their own, or developing innovative tools and services for local and global platforms.