Leaked digital single market’s ‘evidence file’ reveals Commission’s ambitions
Leaked copies of the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy and its supporting Evidence file show the European Commission is ready to propose vast regulatory reforms that could affect everything from sales taxes and e-privacy to Internet searches and big data. A specific focus is given to the European cloud where the Helix Nebula Initiative plays a key role.
The Commission is proposing a “European cloud” for research, undeterred by a similar, failed, French scheme. So why is the Commission floating the idea now? On the one hand, it’s pandering to the Germans (one in particular — digital market commissioner Günther Oettinger), who still support a national cloud concept. On the other, it’s getting an easy win by capitalizing on projects that are already well under way, such as the Helix Nebula science cloud."