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CCIA Welcomes the EU’s Risk-Based AI Proposal, Urges Further Clarifications

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented its Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework which includes an AI-specific Regulation. The regulation prohibits certain practices and introduces comprehensive requirements for “high risk” systems before their introduction to the EU market. Other requirements include informing users when they are interacting with an AI system, e.g. via chatbots. Fines…

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European Commission Releases Telecommunications Consultation

Brussels, BELGIUM — As part of the move to a Digital Single Market the European Commission today released its telecommunications consultation. This evaluation reviews the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services covering everything from consumer protection to investment incentives and what Internet speeds will be needed in the future. The Computer & Communications…

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Roberto Viola Begins New Assignment As Director-General

Brussels — Roberto Viola becomes the new Director-General of the European Commission’s Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General (DG CNECT) on Tuesday. Viola has been the deputy and began his career as an engineer for the European Space Agency, having also been Director General of the Italian media and telecommunications regulator AGCOM. The Computer…

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CCIA Welcomes German Online Sales Competition Ruling, Broader Discussion On Online Sales Restrictions

Brussels, Belgium — Germany’s competition authority has concluded its proceeding into the distribution of Germany’s leading brand of running shoes. The Bundeskartellamt found that ASICS restricted online sales activities of authorized small and medium-sized dealers in ways that kept consumers from being able to easily search for those stores online and to shop around. The…

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CCIA Signs Letter To AG On Public Performance Rights Licensing

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and other members of the MIC (Music.Innovation.Consumers) Coalition sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch today supporting “fair and efficient licensing of public performance rights for musical works, particularly in light of SESAC’s recent acquisition of the Harry Fox Agency.” The letter urges the attorney general…

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