Digital Policy in the EU

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Digital Policy in the EU

Towards a Human-Centred Digital Transformation

9781035338634 Edward Elgar Publishing
Werner Stengg, Digital Expert, European Commission
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 863 4 Extent: c 368 pp
This thought-provoking book follows the EU''s journey into the digital age, explaining how it uses legislation and policy to tackle challenges such as the abuse of market power by Big Tech companies and the spread of hate speech and disinformation.

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This thought-provoking book follows the EU''s journey into the digital age, explaining how it uses legislation and policy to tackle challenges such as the abuse of market power by Big Tech companies and the spread of hate speech and disinformation.

Werner Stengg draws on his extensive experience in shaping digital policy to expertly analyse the EU’s ambitious legislative and innovation programme, which focuses on human rights and prioritises trustworthy, transparent, and accountable usage of digital technologies. Alongside this examination of legislation and policy, Stengg also outlines the EU’s major investment agenda into the digital infrastructures required to become a global player in our data-driven and AI-powered economy. Ultimately, the book highlights that innovations in the digital sphere are essential not only for the global competitiveness of European companies, but also for Europe to safeguard its resilience, autonomy, and technological sovereignty at a time of mounting geopolitical tensions.

Comprehensive in scope, this book is an invaluable resource for students and academics in consumer law, European law, European politics and policy, human rights, internet and technology law, and regulation and governance. It is also a crucial read for professionals involved in EU-level policymaking.
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‘At the seat of power and armed with over 20 years of digital policy acumen, Werner Stengg adroitly condenses decades of strategies and decisions taken by the European Union to tame the digital wild west. He presents a cogent case for the EU’s leadership on digital governance.

Mr. Stengg’s digestible prose helps Europeans and foreigners alike appreciate the historical context for the Union’s evolving regulatory framework.

For Americans used to a more quixotic legislative path, the pace at which the European institutions have embraced their intricate agenda is truly remarkable. But as the author cautions, it is an unfinished story. Technology unrelentingly accelerates its transformation of society and marketplaces, while many of the recent regulations have yet to come into force. Only with the passage of time will we know whether the European regulatory experiment has attained its goal of future-proofing the impact of technology for the benefit of society and contestable markets.’
– Susan Ness, Susan Ness Strategies, US

‘If you want to know how European digital policy gets made, ask Werner Stengg. He was there when it happened, he knows the stories and the big ideas behind the laws. In his highly readable new book, Stengg gives us a big picture overview of the tectonic changes in Internet policy that he helped make.’
– Daphne Keller, Stanford University, US

‘With his book, Werner Stengg, a pivotal architect of EU digital policymaking, has achieved a tour de force. He sheds light on the values and motivations driving Europe’s groundbreaking efforts to regulate digital ecosystems, with profound insights on the knowledge economy and technology''s role in shaping human relations. Definitely a must-read.’
– Bruno Liebhaberg, Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), Belgium

‘The European Union is on the front lines to regulate Silicon Valley, and Werner Stengg is the general behind much of its offensive. As a European Commission official, Stengg defends Europe’s new digital rules. But he remains fair and considered, making this a not-to-miss book for techies.’
– Bill Echikson, Center for European Policy Analysis, US
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