Digital Transformation in the Netherlands

A recent study from Oxford Economics and Accenture (Digital Density Index) looks at how digital technologies can be used to unlock faster economic growth. According to the study, The Netherlands lead in Digital Transformation and The UK ranks second. Another recent study from Oxford Economics and SAP SuccessFactors  (Leaders 2020) shows a different view. This […] Read more »

e-Book Equal Opportunity Firming Up

3 weeks ago the METISfiles reported on the ruling of the EU court on case C-174/15, which stated that the lending of an electronic book (e-book) may – under certain conditions – be treated in the same way as the lending of a traditional book. After Angela Ruiz Robles patented the idea of the electronic […] Read more »

It is Official: an E-book is a Book

Back in 2012 a study “E-Lending Public Libraries”, carried out on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of OCW (Education, Culture and Science), concluded that the existing lending right regime of the Dutch copyright act did not apply to e-books. Moreover the study also concluded that the current European law and regulation framework does not offer […] Read more »

The EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index: Reasons to be Cheerful?

February 2016 The European Commission released a press bulletin on the digital state of its European members. Apparently The Netherlands climbed two positions on the European digital ladder and now holds a second place after Denmark. Reasons to be cheerful? Figure 1: Pillars of DESI and IDI The index is based on 5 pillars: Connectivity, […] Read more »

You have zero privacy anyway – Get over it

The discussion on data privacy continues to be a hot topic. And for good reasons. Our online presence is becoming more and more an integral part of our daily life. Only two decades ago sending mail (snailmail) was protected by a law that explicitly stated that mail was not to be opened during transport to […] Read more »

Don’t Be Evil

Monopolies are markets with just one provider for a service or product. They are considered harmful as the lack of competition generally results in market inefficiencies at the expense of buyers. Most countries therefore have laws against the abuse of a company’s (near) monopolistic market position. In the past anti-trust suits were filed against AT&T […] Read more »