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California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code may reshape the US online privacy landscape

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Ugonma Nwankwo
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When California – the home of Silicon Valley – passes major internet-related laws, the rest of the country pays attention. As federal data privacy legislation continues to stall, California is once again setting the blueprint. On September 15, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (AADC), which…

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Can the European Health Data Space address transatlantic health data sharing fears?

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Saskia Hirsch
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The European Commission’s proposed European Health Data Space (EHDS) is set to transform health systems in the European Union (EU), offering a wide range of opportunities for research, innovation and policymaking. The EHDS is a health ecosystem comprising of two digital infrastructures: an EU-wide infrastructure to store, access and control patients’ health data to…

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What’s the future of carbon pricing?

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Lorna Ritchie
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Globally, we need to decarbonise rapidly, and in all sectors, but the “how” is not always clear. Putting a price on carbon allows the market to dictate its own decarbonisation path based on what is most cost-effective.  

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Top in Tech: leadership changes in the UK and data protection in the US

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Conan D'Arcy
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This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy is joined by Senior Associate Ugonma Nwankwo and Associate Director Megan Stagman to discuss the tech regulatory impact of the UK's new leadership and recent US data protection proposals.

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The crucial role of the US in helping CEE with supplies diversification and energy security

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Katarzyna Nowacka
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Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has struggled to replenish its gas storages and ensure it has sufficient supplies to get through the winter. Russia twice halted gas flows completely through Nord Stream 1 to the continent after Europe and its allies imposed sanctions on Moscow, and the United States is poised to become a major player…

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The EU and US Chips Acts: Mutually beneficial or zero-sum game?

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Max von Thun
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Following the severe disruption in semiconductor supply chains that began during the covid-19 pandemic, governments around the world are taking action to bolster supply chain resilience and strengthen their domestic industries. The US and the EU are no exception, with the Biden administration signing the CHIPS and Science Act into law last month, and the European…

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EU - US trade and tech partnerships: on the brink of a breakthrough?

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Jon Garvie
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When the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) was created following a summit in June 2021, both sides viewed it primarily as a means of reinvigorating a badly damaged relationship, following the failure of the TTIP negotiations, the tantrums of the Trump years and the fall-out over AUKUS. 

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A tale of two transatlantic hawks, but who will win?

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Ed King
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Inflation has been hitting record highs almost monthly in the US and the eurozone. Monetary policymakers have been scrambling to control inflation without plunging their economies into a deep recession. Initially, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the US Federal Reserve (Fed) took divergent approaches to tackling inflation, but this trend is changing. 

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Unpacking von der Leyen’s state of the EU

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Alessandro Gangarossa
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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, delivered her third state of the European Union speech on September 14th before the European Parliament, giving sight of her priorities for 2023 and using a rare public platform to speak more directly to audiences beyond the immediate EU stakeholders. 

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End of the honeymoon? Domestic policy priorities test EU-US trade cooperation

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Alessandro Gangarossa
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The next major point of friction in transatlantic trade relations is emerging around policies to support the domestic electric vehicles industry. The EU has raised grievances around the potential discriminatory effects of the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the United States – which includes tax credits and incentives for US battery and electric vehicle…

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How resilient is the renewed EU-US cooperation?

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Ana Martínez
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Nearly two years on from President Biden’s election victory, the ill-tempered clashes between US and EU officials over trade, climate change and security during the last decade can appear a historical anomaly. Leaders on both sides are now increasingly aligned in diagnosing the threats posed by Russia and China and looking to multilateral bodies such as NATO or the UN to…

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Shelving Schengen – how to unpack the EU’s steps and options to curb Russian tourism

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Magnus Obermann
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Following an agreement among EU foreign ministers in late August, on September 9th the European Council adopted a recommendation by the European Commission to suspend the 2007 EU-Russia visa facilitation agreement. As of September 12th, Russian applicants for short-term visas face a lengthier, harder and much costlier process. Similar restrictions for long-term visas…

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UN General Assembly: progress or paralysis

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Jon Garvie
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The UN General Assembly’s High-Level General Debate (i.e leaders' speeches) starts on Tuesday, 20 September, facing a hot war in Europe, a dialogue of the deaf between the world’s two superpowers and an accelerating global decline in democratic norms. Some of the lesser-known commitments set out in the UN Declaration of Human Rights – for example, “the right to a standard…

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The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a moment of great sadness and reflection. For many in Britain she was the most prominent and permanent figure in their lives beyond their immediate family - and I would include myself in this category. Her reign was of historic proportions. She served so long her first prime minister, Winston Churchill, was born over a…

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Qatar and the future of European energy security

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Ahmed Helal
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Commenting on Europe’s gas crisis, the prime minister of Belgium recently said that Europe would face “terrible winters” for the next five to ten years. The warning by the Belgian premier is echoed by the chief executive of Shell, Europe’s largest oil and gas company, who has said that Europe may need to ration access to energy for several years as it weans itself off…

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Top in Tech: Roger Taylor on making AI work for governments and citizens

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Conan D'Arcy
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This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy speaks to Roger Taylor, former Chair of both the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation. They talk about what governments get wrong about AI, the future of the UK's digital ethics strategies, and what lessons can be drawn from past mistakes in the administrative use of…

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How ICSs will aid the NHS's digital transformation

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Rosie Hill
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Welcome to the final episode of our mini-series exploring the NHS's adoption of Integrated Care Systems, presented by the GC Health and Life Sciences practice.

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Global Month Ahead: Italian election, US midterms, and the UNGA

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Dedi Dinarto
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Welcome to the Global Month Ahead, a new Global Counsel podcast highlighting the key events in the month to come. In each episode, Global Macro Associate Director Isabelle Trick will hear from different members of the GC team to preview the month's stories before they are in the headlines.

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