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For remote work to work, new ground rules are needed

September 23, 2021

The pandemic has shown workers and employers that another way to work is possible. The European Union should develop a framework to facilitate hybrid work.
By:
Mario Mariniello
Date: September 23, 2021
Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

This piece is forthcoming in Il Sole 24 Ore and El Economista.

With all its tragic burden, the pandemic has also been a unique experiment that has challenged accepted norms.
Before the pandemic, 85% of European workers had never before teleworked. Many did not know their work could be done from home. Most would now like to retain at least a bit of that flexibility.
On the other hand, many employers thought that working from home would reduce productivity. However, even during lockdowns, that has not happened. Before the pandemic, 38% of

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We need more bias in artificial intelligence

April 21, 2021

What makes one vision more desirable than another is not its neutrality, but whether it can better serve one’s goals in the context of where those goals are being pursued.
By:
Mario Mariniello
Date: April 21, 2021
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

This opinion piece is forthcoming in Il Sole 24 Ore.

The Muller-Lyer optical illusion consists of two lines of equal length that differ only in the direction of arrowheads at either end. Yet, to most observers, the line with arrowheads pointing outwards looks longer than the other. If you grew up in and among buildings with straight walls and 90 degree angles, you have learned to perceive lines according to geometric patterns. Your view of the Muller-Lyer lines is biased.
Artificial intelligence developers sometimes fall

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Brussels’ Digital Plan Leaves the Key Issue Unaddressed

December 14, 2020

To promote well-being and shared prosperity, EU decision-makers will need to show the same desire for competition beyond the boundaries of digital markets.
By:
Mario Mariniello
Date: December 14, 2020
Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

This opinion piece was originally published on Euractiv, Rzeczpospolita and Il Sole 24 Ore.

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission will publish its proposal to address excessive power in digital markets. Zeroing in on the digital sector makes little economic sense: new limits to Big Tech’s leverage will not give the European economy the dynamism it needs to foster technological development.
Whether you are the mother of a teenager, a business owner or a worker, it is likely that you have never felt more powerless in the digital

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A timid start for European Union data governance

November 26, 2020

Europe needs all pieces of its data strategy puzzle to be in place to enhance its competitive position: there is still a long way to go.
By:
Mario Mariniello
Date: November 26, 2020
Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

This opinion post was originally published in Domani.

The Data Governance Act proposal, published on 25 November 2020 by the European Commission, is a first step along what the Commission envisages as the path towards a common European data space. The act would establish principles for data sharing: between private entities and between the public and private sectors. After the great disappointment of COVID-19 tracking smartphone apps, with download rates as low as 3% in France, the aim with the proposed regulation is to incentivise data sharing by creating a

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