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A number of books I have recently been reading and which I found very interesting. Time permitting a short description of salient points per book will be added, so check this page from time to time.

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10 May 2020: Patryk Pawlak, Eneken Tiik and Mika Kerttunen in Cyber Conflict Uncoded present a set of interesting graphs on the rise of cyber conflict between states, the types of incidents or attacks, and the geographic origins. They also discuss how to deal in the world of diplomacy with such cyber conflicts and whether not only cyber-diplomacy (such as in the UN GGE and perhaps also the UN OEWG) but also combinations with mainstream diplomacy could contribute to the peaceful settlement of conflict. The verdict is out. They conclude their article with a reflection on the role of the EU with its Cyber Diplomacy Toobox and extensive experience in mainstream diplomacy.

5 May 2020: Marietje Schaake wrote an excellent article, Living the Screen Life, on how in these times of COVID-19 the giant tech companies are becoming ever more pervasive and are running charm offensives to convince us of the contribution they make in this crisis [which they do], but also in doing so amass every more power. Given past bad experiences with lack of combatting fake news, anti-competitive behaviour, exploitative or careless behaviour as regards personal data, and lack of security (Zoom is singled out) policymakers should now not fall for these charm offensives. The tech giants should be regulated. Mrs Schaake speficially refers to Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, next to Zoom. She could also have mentioned Microsoft, whose CEO Satya Nadella self-praising article in the Financial Times also fits the bill.

9 May 2020: Gonzalo López-Barajas/ @Gonzalo_LB, Public Policy Manager, Telefónica gives the company's view on the European Commission's AI White Paper of 19 February 2020.

The risk-based approach of the While Paper is welcomed. That is, segmenting AI applications into high-risk and non-high-risk. Appreciated is that the White Paper allows for 'a combination of ex-ante and ex-post rules increasing its intervention upon increasing risk'. What is less appreciated is that there is a double barrel on high-risk: both sector and use case, apparently as it is felt that this is too wide a scope and creates legal uncertainty.Generally, and understandably, Telefonica calls for a more precise definition of the framework, in all its aspects.

Telefonica also makes a plea for Regulatory Sandboxes. My question here would be: what are these? It is about time that proper definitions of this term are being put forward.