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The European Digital Single Market

In 2015 the European Commission adopted the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, aiming to establish common European data protection rules, reform telecoms rules and modernise copyright rules, among other goals. The authors in this Forum, including Andrea Renda, J. Scott Marcus and Barbara Engels, review the progress made thus far, exploring regulatory responses to issues such as data privacy, online consumer protection, artificial intelligence and big data. What degree of harmonisation of rules in the 28 member states is necessary? Can small businesses take advantage of the potential benefits of big data, or are these benefits limited to large companies that can afford to invest in the proper analysis of the data? What lessons can the EU draw from experiences in other parts of the world? Perhaps most importantly, how can the DSM be optimised to support European innovation and economic growth.

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Rather than an innovation gap, the EU suffers from a diffusion gap, which is echoed in a number of widening divides: between cities and rural areas; between leading and lagging countries; between frontier, laggard, and even 'zombie' firms; between richer and poorer individuals; and between technology-savvy and less e-skilled end users and businesses.

From Andrea Renda's Forum article Will the DSM Strategy Spur Innovation?