Meet GAIA-X: This is Europe’s bid to get cloud independence from US and China giants

France and Germany have kicked off the GAIA-X cloud project, their lofty bid to manage dominant US and Chinese cloud giants in a European way, and address potential conflicts between EU privacy laws and the US Cloud Act. 

German federal minister of economic affairs and energy Peter Altmaier and the French minister of economy and finance Bruno Le Maire unveiled the project last week, which was originally floated at a conference in Germany last October. 

The project is establishing a Belgian non-profit, the GAIX-X Foundation, which would ensure member companies abide by its goals of data sovereignty, data availability, interoperability, portability, transparency and fair participation. It’s also published five documents explaining the project’s purpose and technical design. 

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As reported by Euractiv, Le Maire said the project aims for European sovereignty. “We are not China. We are not the United States. We

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Victorian government seeks public feedback on remote and flexible learning

The Victorian government is after feedback on remote and flexible learning in a bid to improve the state’s education system.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino is calling on principals, teachers, parents, and students to have their say about what lessons were learned about remote and flexible learning when it was enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

“This is a real opportunity to improve our education system and learn from the remote teaching and learning experience,” Merlino said.

Victorian government primary, secondary, and specialist schools moved to remote and flexible learning and teaching at the start of term 2 in mid-April to slow the spread of coronavirus.

During that period, the state government partnered with Telstra to provide an additional 21,000 internet dongles to students as part of efforts to provide internet access for remote learning.

It followed the state government announcing at the start of April

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Progress needed for UK fibre roll-out to catch up to peers

With national ultra-fast, gigabit broadband more essential than ever to drive the UK economy from the fallout of Brexit and Covid-19, research from WIK-Consult has identified a number of key areas that need to be addressed before the UK government’s full fibre targets can be realised.

In the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019, Boris Johnson’s then newly elected government indicated that it would introduce laws to accelerate the delivery of gigabit-capable broadband across the UK by 2025, a legislative journey that began in January 2020.

The government promised to support the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband across the UK with legislation to make it easier for telecoms companies to install digital infrastructure and to ensure all new homes are built with reliable and fast internet.

In addition to extensive development work being carried out by Openreach, the broadband provision division of BT, and national cable broadband provider Virgin

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