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Writings on what makes Europe and the world tech

This post focuses on the EU's technology (and science) sector where almost 73 million people are employed. The argument is that even after the pandemic, the home office modality – for an already remote-apt sector with skilled labor force and high economic output – will stay.

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Unlike the medium length posts that zoom in one topic, the #discoveries series is a collection of recently stumbled upon stories where the common denominator is curiosity. Here comes the first one of these.

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Instead of catching up with Web 2.0 economy and society, Europe could embrace Web 3.0 to gain geopolitical, economic and social benefits in its ongoing pursuit of digital sovereignty. Here's how this might work out.

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This, living and constantly updated, post documents grassroots attempts of cultivating technology and data for the citizens' good from the 90's until now in different European cities.

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Many companies in Europe owe some part of their product or idea's progress to the state – either in the form of an individual country's public sector (universities, research centres...etc.) or as an EU sponsored program or initiative.

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I come across many projects, events and inventions as I research digital sovereignty in the EU. Some of them fall under different pillars but for the ones listed below I hope to tie them with a common thread – that is technological self determination attempted via public and industrial initiatives in response to a political, security or economic threat from the 1960s to today.

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The amount of data generated and the overall reliance on internet services swelled because of the pandemic. Because technology – specifically blackbox systems – continues to affect political, industrial and personal areas of modern life, resulted in push backs by citizen and state actors in Europe that will play a key role in potentially rewriting the future of the internet.

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Humans can detect when someone poured their soul into something. When a chef, a novelist, a composer or a designer is passionate about their craft, their energy is contagious and their outputs – a dish, a novel, a piece of music or technology – wins over masses of people.

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