Alexander Saeedy

Alexander is a freelance journalist and public policy researcher living in Brussels, Belgium. His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, EUObserver, VICENews, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @ajsaeedy.

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Geoblocked Europe fails to clear hurdle on video streaming legislation

Netflix has just reported another record quarter on the books: the popular streaming service added over 8.3 million new streaming subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, posting around $3.29 billion in quarterly revenue and pledging to spend $7.5 billion-$8 billion in 2018 on new content. At Netflix emerges as a content creator and […]

Bitcoin futures in Europe? Derivatives exchanges wait to place their bets

Bitcoin futures have started trading on regulated exchanges in America as of Sunday, and their European counterparts are watching to see how things play out across the Atlantic before launching cryptocurrency derivatives of their own. Investors across the world can now turn to the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and soon the Chicago Mercantile Exchange […]

A chat with Julia Reda, Pirate Party MEP, on digital surveillance and corporate lobbying in Europe

Tech.eu recently met with Julia Reda, an Member of the European Parliament for Germany’s left-leaning Pirate Party (Piratenpartei Deutschland). Founded in 2006, the German Pirates seek to harness today’s digital revolution to build an open-information society where copyright and intellectual property rules are loosened and made more flexible. While they have been swept out of […]

Russian cybersecurity firm with alleged Kremlin ties wants to bring elections online – and protect them with the blockchain

A Russian cybersecurity firm accused of helping Kremlin spies conspire against the United States is promising to bring elections into the digital age through – what else? – the blockchain. Polys, as it is called, is an online platform that allows for large organizations or municipalities to organize an online vote. Security is guaranteed through […]

European data miners: “We were told to relocate our servers to the US”

Tech firms are speaking out against changes to EU copyright rules that they say could force them to leave Europe for the sake of protecting their businesses. The rules in question concern text and data mining (TDM), the practice of uncovering and analyzing patterns from indexed data sets, ranging from academic papers to social media […]