Europe Rising: How the Continent is Catching Up in Technology
It’s no secret that Europe has been making strides in the technology industry in recent years. From emails to chip technology, it seems that Europe is now starting to catch up in several key areas.
One of the biggest developments has been the rise of alternative social media platforms, such as Mastodon. Created in Germany, Mastodon has been gaining popularity as a more privacy-focused alternative to Twitter. This comes after the PRISM scandal revealed the extent to which US social media companies were sharing user data with the government.
In addition to social media, Europe has also seen the rise of secure email providers such as Protonmail. While these services may be paid, more and more people are willing to pay for the added security and privacy that they offer. This is in stark contrast to the US, where Gmail has been plagued by spam and other security issues.
Furthermore, the rise of Web3 and crypto assets has seen many companies leave the US for more privacy-friendly locations in Europe like Switzerland. Ledger and Trezor, two of the leading hardware wallets for crypto assets, are both based in Europe (France and the Czech Republic, respectively).
But it’s not just the technology side where Europe is excelling. On the law & regulations side, the success of the GDPR in terms of protecting consumer privacy has also set a strong precedent for other regions to follow, including California. And now, Europe is pushing for even more consumer-friendly regulations, including putting pressure on Apple to change its proprietary chargers with standard ones.
Overall, while it may be an exaggeration to say that the US is dead in terms of technology, it’s clear that Europe is on the right track. A little bit of competition, even between governments, can be a good thing and ultimately lead to better products and services for consumers.