miércoles, 27 de abril de 2016

#DigitalSingleMarket Towards an uneven digital transformation of Europe

It is easy to appreciate the growing share of the digital economy in the global economy. Any kind of work depends more on digital technologies today than a decade ago and our leisure activities are mainly supported by smartphone applications and digital content. The official statistic agencies have not yet been able to measure the impact of the digital world on the GDP, but there are estimations that it will grow from 22,5% in 2015 to 25% in 2020

The convergence of digital technologies on business activities is innovating products, processes and business models. The firms can only gain the future by embracing technologies such as cloud, big data or IoT. However reports show that companies need more education on such technologies and any new regulation as the GDPR demands more specialist on digital issues. We should welcome therefore a decisive action like the plans for digitisation of Europe put forward by the European Commission last week within the Digital Single Market Strategy.

The plans presented by the European Commission are not the starting point for the digitalisation of the European economy. However, a digital divide is taking shape among companies. The business digital divide can be appreciated both between and within countries. However, the plans published by the European Commission does not include any targeted measure to fight this divide beyond  the recognition of a gap on digital adoption between big companies and SMEs.

The consequences of an harmonised approach to the digital transformation of Europe are easy to guess. We are facing not the risks of the disappearance of SMEs and the extension of the European Noth-South divide to the digital era. Sadly, the digital policies for Europe are quite aligned with the global polices that are driving us towards a chronic Europessimism.

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