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Public Sector Information (PSI) boosts open data strategies

How to increase data availability, remove technical barriers, and reduce access costs

The PSI Directive has overall accomplished its mission: there is a general level playing field for PSI data re-users in the EU. However, a number of attention points and needs for the future can be identified.

As a partner of a consortium led by Deloitte (Belgium), WIK-Consult has examined the potential for the extension of the PSI Directive for the European Commission and published the results in a recent study. In April, the Commission has presented a new proposal for amending the directive.

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Building the European Data Economy

Europe needs a strategy to make use of data flows

The analysis and understanding of the European data economy has recently become a central concern of political decision-makers. The study on a European data economy recently presented by Deloitte, WIK-Consult, Open Evidence and time.lex analyses in detail the existing barriers on the way to a uniform European strategy for the free flow of data in a digital single market.

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Review of the Significant Market Power (SMP) Guidelines

Support to the European Commission

This study provides support to the European Commission in its revision of the 2002 guidelines on market analysis and the assessment of significant market power for electronic communications networks and services ("2002 SMP Guidelines"). The main issue explored both from an economic and a legal perspective is the concept of joint SMP of telecoms operators for the purpose of ex ante regulation in the electronic communications sector. The study also analyses developments in the concept of market definition and the finding of individual SMP as well as implications of the proposed European Electronic Communications Code for the market analysis process. In addition, it covers all the sections of the "2002 SMP Guidelines". The analysis is based on a review of competition case-law, detailed case studies of relevant market analyses conducted by NRAs, the analysis of economic evidence, and the results of an interactive workshop with BEREC and NRAs, in which various hypothetical market scenarios were considered. The conclusions of the study regarding joint SMP are based on general competition law principles, drawing in particular from the ECJ's findings in Airtours and Impala. It takes into account particularities of the electronic communications sector and the extensive experience of market regulation by NRAs in order to suggest the main steps that could be taken by NRAs when assessing whether a market is characterised by joint SMP, and the evidence that could be presented, respectively, in the case there is no pre-existing regulation and where such regulation exists and might affect wholesale and retail outcomes.

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WIK on Twitter, LinkedIn, and XING

WIK reports on digitisation, internet, and regulation

Follow us on Twitter @WIKnews. Our tweets are largely in German language and feature our latest studies, publications, and events in the fields of digitisation, Internet, and regulation, including news from the research initiative mFUND funded by the BMVI, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Alternatively, you can follow us on LinkedIn and XING.

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Current situation of IT security in SMEs – WIK presents final report

Study for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy calls for immediate action

Despite increasing digitisation, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) still lack awareness of IT security. The detailed version of our study is now available. It clearly points out the need for action and makes suggestions for further steps in the field of politics, industry, and associations. The actions of the initiative IT Security in the Economy of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) can help to close this implementation gap. Final report and a short version are available for download.

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The Federal Network Agency published the consultation draft for the WIK-developed enhanced access network cost model

Comments are invited until June 6th 2018

On May 2nd the German Federal Network Agency published the reference document of the analytical access network cost model developed and enhanced by WIK. The reference document is published as a consultation draft on the website of the Federal Network Agency. In a separate document questions are stated addressing the market participants. Thereby, the Federal Network Agency appeals for public consultation of the draft until June 6th 2018. On May 15th 2018 WIK presented the cost model to the Federal Network Agency and the market participants. The model enhancement is to be seen in the context of the European Commission’s non-discrimination obligations and costing methodologies recommendation and the therein addressed development of fibre based access networks.

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Workshop on digital comparison tools

Experts discuss the impact of digital comparison tools in Europe

WIK and CEPS organised a workshop on the impact of digital comparison tools in Europe. A total of around 70 experts discussed the role that is played by digital comparison tools for consumers and businesses in Europe with representatives of the European Commission and various European competition authorities in Brussels. All presentations can be downloaded from our website.

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Does the gigabit world still need regulation?

WIK workshop at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

In a workshop at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs an Energy on April 20th, WIK and Prof. Dr. Fetzer (University of Mannheim) presented the first results of an ongoing project on the framework conditions in a gigabit world 2025+. There was an intensive discussion how such a gigabit world 2025+ could look like and what demands could be placed on the competitive and non-competitive framework conditions. There was agreement that a pure continuation would be neither adequate nor efficient.

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Die Blockchain-Technologie verspricht große Chancen für den deutschen Mittelstand

Die Blockchain-Technologie ist in aller Munde. Wie relevant ist diese Technologie für den deutschen Mittelstand? Mittelstand-Digital greift das Thema auf

Anwendungen, die auf der Blockchain-Technologie basieren, bergen ein großes Potenzial für den deutschen Mittelstand. Interessante Anwendungen reichen von einem sicheren betriebsübergreifenden Austausch von Produktionsdaten in Wertschöpfungsnetzen, einem erleichterten Exportzugang für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU), einer besseren Rückverfolgung der Lieferkette oder einer smarten Vertragsgestaltung bis hin zu neuartigen Finanzierungskanälen für KMU (Crowd Funding, ICO).

Die BMWi-Förderinitiative Mittelstand-Digital und damit auch die Begleitforschung des WIK setzten sich intensiv mit den Chancen und Herausforderungen eines Blockchain-Einsatzes im Mittelstand auseinander. Am 10. April hat das WIK beim eco – Verband der Internetwirtschaft e. V. in Köln auf der Veranstaltung „Blockchain and Security" zum Thema „IT-Sicherheit und Blockchain aus Sicht der KMU" vorgetragen. Die Kernbotschaft des Vortrags war, dass Blockchain-Lösungen im Mittelstand in erster Linie nutzerfreundlich, sicher, ressourceneffizient und interoperabel sein müssen, damit sie für KMU einen Mehrwert schaffen. Das Thema Blockchain im Mittelstand wird in der nächsten Ausgabe des Mittelstand-Digital Magazins „Wissenschaft trifft Praxis" aufgegriffen, welches Mitte Juni erscheint. Ein Artikel wird sich mit dem sicheren Maschinen- und Produktionsdatenaustausch zwischen KMU via Blockchain beschäftigen und auch Alternativen zu Blockchain wie bspw. IOTA („Blockchain without blocks and chains") diskutieren.

Wenden Sie sich für Fragen zum Thema Blockchain und Mittelstand-Digital bitte an mittelstand-digital(at)wik.org.

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