About: freedom of internet

Digital 17-06-2015

MEPs rally to protect press freedom from Trade Secrets Directive

Members of the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee have adopted measures to ensure that the Trade Secrets bill does not weaken the right to freedom of information. EURACTIV France reports.

Digital 22-05-2015

Russia warns it could block Google, Twitter and Facebook

Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said Thursday (21 May) that they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

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Digital 31-10-2014

EU welcomes Orban’s scrapping of Internet tax

The European Commission on Friday welcomed Hungary's decision of scrapping plans to impose a tax on Internet traffic.

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Digital 28-10-2014

Commission: Hungary’s internet tax is ‘a terrible idea’

The European Commission said on Tuesday that Hungary's plans of introducing a tax on internet transfers "is a terrible idea" that "curbs freedom and won't work".

Digital 17-02-2014

Merkel and Hollande to lay foundation of ‘protected’ EU internet

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (16 February) she would talk to French President François Hollande about building a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States. The Commission welcomed the idea, saying that it went in the same direction with its own efforts on data protection.

Should teachers bring ICT into the classroom?

Education experts and lawmakers gathered this week in Brussels at the invitation of US software giant Microsoft to debate the role that information and communication technologies (ICT) should play in education.

Digital 26-06-2012

ETNO Chair: ‘Telecoms should unite on regulations’

The telecommunications industry is not looking to constrict the open internet at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) later this year, as has been suggested by some, according to Luigi Gambardella, chairman of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO). Instead, he says, ETNO will seek the freedom to contract commercially when the international telecommunications regulations (ITRs) are debated in Dubai later this year.

Digital 06-06-2012

Internet Society: Do not let telecoms grab internet

“Father of the Internet” Vinton Cerf recently warned that International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) will try to subsume Internet regulation. The senior manager of public policy at the NGO, the Internet Society, Sally Shipman Wentworth tells EURACTIV why the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications is important, and what is at stake.

Digital 01-06-2012

Parliament votes bring ACTA closer to final rejection

Three committees in the European Parliament have rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) yesterday (31 May), in what some MEPs described as the last nail in the coffin for the controversial agreement.

Elections 11-04-2012

Poll puts Germany’s Pirate Party in third place

Germany's political newcomer, the Pirate Party, has become the third political force in the country according to a new survey that gives it 13% of support, ahead of the Greens (11%), the Left (Die Linke, 8%) and the Liberals (5%). EURACTIV Germany contributed to this article.

Digital 23-02-2012

EU suspends ACTA ratification

The Commission has decided to refer the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Court of Justice, halting for now ratification of ACTA by 22 EU countries. The Commission's moved was welcomed by leading European political parties that fear the international accord would trample rights and freedoms.