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Regulatory Change in a Time of COVID-19 Creates a Challenging 2021 for Big Tech

Globally, antitrust scrutiny and enforcement remained robust with the focus on big tech continuing to grow. There now appears to be competition amongst regulators themselves as a wave of investigations are launched and new tools proposed to regulate digital markets...
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Tech Trends That Will Shape the World in 2021

Global tech and the intersection of policy, issues and reputation management have never been more intense. The opportunities for defining and owning a relevant narrative for all brands are massive...
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Looking Ahead to 2021: Key Business Sectors and Issues

Looking ahead to 2021, APCO Worldwide’s business experts analyzed potential trends and provided their predictions for the new year—examining the future of hospitality, global energy, financial technology and capital markets—where all signs point to continued focus on health, tech and safety...
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Looking Ahead: 2021 Digital Trends

The core digital principles of knowing your audience, listening, having a clear message, building trust with your audiences in credible ways, and being authentic and transparent still matter...
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Championing Female Tech Leaders of the Future

Only one in six tech specialists in the UK are female, with only one in 10 of those being in leadership positions. Regardless of increasing efforts by some companies to improve, it’s clear female representation in the technology sector is still seriously lagging...
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For Retailers, Stakeholder Engagement Will Shape Holiday Season Success or Failure

While most of the high-tech, operational changes that will help the holiday season are already underway, companies hoping to drive traffic to their brick and mortar locations should now take the time to focus on stakeholder communication and engagement. For retailers, agility in communications, especially with and by employees, will make it easier to close out the year coming back stronger...
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Introducing Essential Bytes: Episode 1

Welcome to Essential Bytes, where APCO’s team of digital strategists discuss their perspectives on the latest digital news, reveal challenges they’re facing and highlight the opportunities that lie ahead for brands online...
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China’s 5G Rollout: How Foreign Companies Can Benefit

By 2025, China is likely to be the world’s largest 5G market, with both public and private sector organizations in market demonstrating that virtually any industry can benefit from it. A glimpse at China’s 5G progress and applications can help foreign companies to understand how they can become part of the story...
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Maintaining Public Trust Through Responsible Privacy Practices

The aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis will inevitably feature renewed efforts to protect the privacy of individuals...
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France, Germany and Illegal Content Online: Where to, Europe?

Regulating big tech is complex. But establishing harmonized and consistent tech regulation across Europe is even harder and the recent developments around online hate speech prove that. While the French constitutional court rejected, on June 18, a new law combating hate speech online, Germany is determined to double down on the issue by strengthening its existing legislation. These diverging national developments deepen the conundrum European lawmakers are facing in the digital realm, making it harder for the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to design its new key digital legislation on platform liability: the Digital Services Act (DSA)...
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