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Leaked copies of the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy and its supporting Evidence file show the European Commission is ready to propose vast regulatory reforms that could affect everything from sales taxes and e-privacy to Internet searches and big data.
The Evidence file also suggests the Commission will propose a “European cloud” for research, undeterred by a similar, failed, French scheme.
So why is the Commission floating the idea now? On the one hand, it’s pandering to the Germans (one in particular — digital market commissioner Günther Oettinger), who still support a national cloud concept. On the other, it’s getting an easy win by capitalizing on projects that are already well under way, such as the Helix Nebula science cloud."