Federico Dante De Falco
Federico is a public affairs consultant in Brussels, where he advises multinational clients in the tech and digital sectors. Specialised in EU affairs, his research interests include digital policies and new technologies. He previously worked as a policy analyst on EU funds.
Federico holds a Master’s degree in European Studies, as well as an Executive Master’s in Lobbying & Public Affairs. In 2019, he attended a summer school in EU Criminal Justice at the Institut d’études Européennes.
Languages: Italian, English, French
Cyber security has recently emerged as a growing need in the EU. Since 2016, the EU has started developing an external, more proper ‘cyber defence’ policy, as well as the regulatory dimension of cyber security as an internal market matter.
Contrary to widespread narrative, the metaverse is not a non-regulated technological environment. In the EU, the recently enhanced digital regulatory framework will provide a comprehensive set of rules to address possible challenges arising from the uptake of metaverses, spanning from competition and antitrust, to content moderation and cybersecurity.
Data sharing is becoming a crucial element of the data economy, which involves possibly all actors, with governments and businesses being increasingly called to implement efficient and smart usage of such a resource.
The digital transition, inevitably accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis, brought a number of policy challenges to the EU especially in relation to emerging technologies in the European market, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the forefront.
The regulatory sentiment around Big Tech in the EU has changed in recent years, paving the way for a Digital Markets Act (DMA). However, the EU must find a compromise between effective Big Tech regulation and preservation of competition dynamics in the Single Market.
Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) can help rebuild regional economies around innovation, particularly by addressing and prioritising the markets’ demand side.