Net neutrality: France is world champion

Arcep (independent French agency in charge of regulating telecommunications in France) has launched the app, Wehe. It evaluates if an internet provider respects net neutrality. After the first series of analysis, France is far ahead with positive results.   Net neutrality (or network neutrality) is a principle of digital governance. All internet content must have […]

It’s Christmas early for IBM as they put on a Red Hat

It’s Christmas early for IBM as they put on a Red Hat

It’s official, IBM is acquiring RedHat, the open-source software company. Although the deal will only be closed in 2019, IBM’s strategic – and costly – move will help the company catch up on cloud computing.     Lagging in the clouds   Cloud computing has already made its way into numerous businesses. But it is […]

The ugly side of the Google+ demise

The ugly side of the Google+ demise

It’s not really a surprise. Google has announced the end of Google+ for consumers. It seems logical since you probably can’t recall the last time someone told you “please join my Google+ circle so we can stay in touch”. But there is a back story to it. A story of flaws, cover up and a […]

Let’s clear up the Russian trolls involvement in the Last Jedi bashing

“Half of negative tweets about the Last Jedi were the works of Russian trolls”. It’s the breaking news of the week since researcher Morten Bay released his preprint paper. But aren’t we a little quick in jumping to conclusions? I’m a Star Wars fan since the Empire Strikes Back (yes, I’m that old).  So when […]

China’s plan for domination in Artificial Intelligence

  The already pervasive influence of Artificial Intelligence in our lives The key selling point of this year’s iPhone, Apple’s most expensive device yet, is not it’s battery life or speed, but the AI capabilities that are built into it.  One feature, revealed in Cupertino at an early September presentation, was the enhanced camera present […]

FRENCHTECHFRIDAY : Smash – file transfer with an extra edge

    French startup Smash is taking the file transfer fight right up to giants such as WeTransfer. But they have a few tricks up their sleeves to become a valid competitor.   The need for file transfer   Who has managed to make it through digital life without the nagging “this attachment is too […]

SAIP, the French alert app, shuts down

Launched in 2016, prior to the Soccer competition (Euro 2016), the terror attacks alert app shuts down. The French government will now rely on social networks (namely Facebook and Twitter) as well as Google. Is it a blow for digital sovereignty or a logical update? Could there be another option?   A good idea, at […]

Social media interference in votes: it will take more than banning ads

  On May 25th, Ireland will have a decisive referendum on abortion. Pressure groups are playing hard to influence voters. Facebook and Google have announced measures to monitor foreign influence. But this is far from enough.   Playing nice with the Irish   Facebook is in a tight spot. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the […]

Oh la la ! France’s amazing gift to Google: its citizens’ data

  It’s that time of year when millions of French have to file in their income tax return online. This time, the official website displays an information video. But this tutorial is hosted on Youtube and Google gets its best-ever view of the French population. A matter of digital sovereignty?   Online Income Tax Return […]

Where does France really stand in the Tech World?

We like to put things – and people – into neat little boxes: this country is good at inventing, this one does well in computer sciences. How much if it is true? The OECD has just released a comprehensive report on Science, Technology and Industry for 2017. Maybe it’s time to set the record straight. […]