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Digital Policy Salon: The Europe Edition

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: The Europe Edition
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #42 • View online
Welcome to the 42nd issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing.
This week, our briefing has a European flair. We’re pleased to release our newest research, Just Press ‘Print’: Canada’s Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem, which investigates the Canadian additive manufacturing (AM) industry and considers the case study of Germany as an AM leader for Canada to emulate.
Europe continues to feature in our newest blog post, where we discuss how CETA—Canada’s trade deal with the EU—is impacting municipal procurement and in turn the fortunes of Canadian tech startups. Our interview piece features an in-depth conversation on the future of mobility with the leader of a 10,000 KM European Hyperloop network to-be that plans to transform continental travel. In this week’s “what we’re reading” (and listening to!) we look into the growing momentum of calls to reform global corporate taxation, along with a conversation with leaders supporting France’s move towards “25 unicorns by 2025.”
Finally, we hope that you’ll join us later this month, for an event led by ICTC’s Olivia Lin on The Future of Precision Agriculture and Forestry.
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
EU Policy Update
Europe passed legislation last month to establish Horizon Europe, a research and innovation program worth €95.5 billion in funding over 7 years, starting in 2021. Horizon Europe follows Horizon 2020, which ran from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €80 billion over 7 years.
What’s new in Horizon Europe?
  • Just under €54 billion (57% of the total funds) will be allocated to solving six global challenges. Some of these challenges, termed clusters, are health; digital, industry, & space; climate, energy, & mobility; and food, natural resources, & environment.
  • Approximately €25 billion (26% of the total funds) is earmarked to support open science and technology research and innovation.
  • Finally, with a budget of €10.6 billion over 7 years, the European Innovation Council will help scale startups and SMEs through its accelerator program, dedicated equity fund, and support for emerging tech research.
Like with Horizon 2020, there are a number of ways non-EU countries can participate in Horizon Europe. However, negotiations are still ongoing, meaning it is not yet clear what this will look like for Canada.
Canada Tech Policy Updates
Canada’s long-awaited privacy legislation, Bill C-11 is being held up in Parliament over a jurisdictional debate. Bill C-11 was first introduced in November 2020 but has not yet passed its second reading as MPs have been unable to decide which committee should study the Bill.
As the dust settles following last month’s Budget proposal, privacy and data experts weigh in on the role of the newly proposed data commissioner. While some see a possible role for the commissioner in areas not already accounted for by the privacy and competition commissioners, others see potential for overlap and confusion.
A recently published Canadian study suggests that synthetic data can be used in place of real clinical trial data in healthcare studies. Synthetic data is artificial data generated from real datasets using machine learning techniques. It is one possible to tool to help solve data challenges in healthcare, such as data access and individual privacy. - Mairead Matthews
Our Perspective
How the CETA Trade Agreement Is Making Municipal Procurement More Accessible for Canadian Tech Startups
Special Events
You're Invited to an ICTC Discovery Forum
Interviews in the Field
Travelling Jetsons Style: Hyperloop and the Future of Mobility
What We're Reading
The four-decade decline in global corporate tax rates
What We're Listening To
Startups and the State: Growing French Tech
Research Visualized
Additive Manufacturing Market Size: History and Forecast - Source: “3D Printing Trends 2020: Industry Highlights and Market Trends,” 3D Hubs.
Additive Manufacturing Market Size: History and Forecast - Source: “3D Printing Trends 2020: Industry Highlights and Market Trends,” 3D Hubs.
While initially used for rapid prototyping and testing, Additive Manufacturing (AM) is now used for small-batch manufacturing, customization, repairs and spare part manufacture, and even some large-batch serial production. According to the Wohlers Report 2020, the value of all AM products and services worldwide grew by 21.2% percent in 2019 to a total of US $11.87 billion. The figure includes sales of industrial 3D printing systems, desktop 3D printers, feedstock materials, parts, software, and other services from vendors. This estimate of the AM market size represents a near doubling since 2016, when it was valued at US $6.06 billion. Growth in AM is driven by both the adoption of AM technologies by new organizations and an increase in AM uptake among existing users of the technology.
Private and public investment in AM has also seen similarly impressive growth over the last few years. Venture capital (VC) investment in AM companies from 2016 to Q3 2020 has topped US $4 billion. In 2019 VC funding in AM startups had a record-breaking year, with over US $1 billion invested. Given the economic turmoil and volatility in financial markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 is expected to see a scale back in VC deals. There has, nonetheless, been investment of over US $600 million in AM startups through Q3, including major funding rounds for Canadian companies Equispheres and Aspect Biosystems. Similar growth has also been observed in mergers and acquisitions activity in the AM market with an increase in deals between traditional manufacturers, AM equipment manufacturers, and companies across the AM value chain.
Much recent investment in AM has gone into industrial and production applications. Other salient trends emerging in the AM space include an increase in adoption among industrial users and an increase in adoption for end-part production. More companies are also investing in AM, and those investments are more significant. While there are still key challenges that need to be overcome for wider industrial adoption—increasing reliability, reducing raw material costs, especially for metal AM, and further promoting education and training on the various AM technologies—the overall outlook for the global AM market is positive. 
Our Research
Just Press “Print”: Canada's Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem
Twitter Highlights
European Parliament
Horizon Europe will be a crucial part of Europe’s recovery by helping the EU’s health systems prepare for future crises and supporting industry and small firms after MEPS approved the research programme's budget
Statistics Canada
By completing your census, your input can help plan for public transit, community centres, schools and more. Complete your census today. #2021Census
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