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23/05/2016

EU copyright regulation must blend IP protection with Internet freedom

Topic: Internet governance


Digital 19-05-2016

Google invokes free speech in French fine appeal

Google said Thursday (19 May) it feared for free speech if France succeeded in forcing it to apply the right to have information about a person removed from its search engines not just in France, but worldwide.
Digital 02-05-2016

Net neutrality: Guidelines or straitjackets?

Depending on how the net neutrality regulation is implemented, it could have some serious adverse consequences, particularly for consumers, writes Robert Kenny.
Digital 13-11-2015

EU calls for open internet at global conference while net neutrality fight rages in Brussels

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and ten MEPs signed a joint declaration arguing for non-discriminatory, open internet access during this week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil.
Digital 16-10-2015

ICANN hopes for quick decision on break with US govt

ICANN, the non-profit organisation that administers internet domain names, is up against a tough deadline to cut ties with the US government by next autumn.
Energy 08-07-2015

EU-wide energy governance plans 'lack teeth'

EXCLUSIVE / European Commission plans for an EU-wide energy governance system make no mention of punishment for any member state not reaching their climate and energy targets for 2030.
Digital 07-07-2015

China to Europe: ‘We can build a Silk Road in cyberspace’

China's top internet regulator assured European technology companies on Monday (6 July) that they're welcome to set up shop in China, saying his agency monitors foreign businesses in a fair manner.
Digital 17-04-2015

US transfer of internet control stalled

Attempts to divest control of the Internet from the US government to a stakeholder group by September might not happen, according to a senior US policymaker, in an early acknowledgment that the issue is likely to be delayed.
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Digital 05-03-2015

US election could trigger battle over Internet governance

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Officials attempting to reach a deal over the reform of Internet governance have told EurActiv that delays and the “weaponisation” of the issue in the current US political climate are threatening to ignite an international dispute.

Charlie Hebdo: There is grief, but will there be a debate?

Today, it is necessary to bravely ask the question about how to increase security in Europe, even if certain issues look controversial, writes Micha? Boni.
Digital 27-11-2014

Breaking up Google

Picking a fight at such a high level with Google would damage the reputation of the European Parliament, writes Kaja Kallas.
Digital 26-11-2014

US voices concern over Google break-up motion

The United States voiced concern yesterday (25 November) over a draft plan by two MEPs to break up Google Inc, saying politicians should not influence the EU's antitrust inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine.
Digital 25-11-2014

Netflix dismantles the telco-film industry foundation on which its House of Cards is built

There is more to Netflix’s success than content and technology.  To expand internationally, Netflix relies both on light and heavy-handed PR tactics.  They take a page from their series “House of Cards” where lead character Frank Underwood observes, “In Gaffney we had our own brand of diplomacy. Shake with your right hand and have a rock in your left.” 
Digital 19-11-2014

EU to water down net neutrality rules

European Union governments are considering less stringent rules on how internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, according to a draft seen by Reuters, a move that could be welcomed by Europe's large telecoms operators.

One-third of German internet users would pay for data protection, survey finds

German internet users strongly oppose the sale and misuse of their personal data, according to a recent study, and are willing to pay €900 million for data protection. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU internet governance: Franco-German alliance

A new report from the French Senate outlines a strategy for greater European internet governance spearheaded by the Franco-German alliance. Only then can the EU compete with US’s online hegemony. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 25-04-2014

Internet industry seen as winner at global conference in Brazil

Big Internet companies were the clear winners at a global conference hosted by Brazil on the future management of the Web where most participants agreed it should remain a self-regulated space free of government intervention.
Digital 23-04-2014

US to surrender control of ICANN

A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of US spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought, after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control.
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Digital 28-02-2014

Internet guru: Digital world must have in-built ethical system

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / As the Barcelona Mobile World Congress ends, EurActiv explores the ethical aspects of the internet and the move towards ever-more connected objects and devices. Per Strömbäck, editor of Netopia, says machines can and should be adjusted to fit the moral values of individuals and the wider society in which they operate.
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Digital 13-02-2014

Kroes: We do not need government control of the internet

In the wake of large-scale internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday a key reform to the way the internet is managed and run. Pursuing a role as honest broker in future global negotiations on internet Governance, the EU executive's proposal calls for more transparent, accountable and inclusive governance.
Digital 13-02-2014

EU’s top telecoms official rules out government control of the internet

The European Commission is trying to carve a mediator role for itself in the global debate over the future of internet governance, taking its distance from the US but also from the idea of a United Nations' leadership of the Web, supported by Russia and China.
Competition 06-02-2014

Brussels reaches antitrust deal with Google, gets scolded

The EU’s competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, announced yesterday (5 February) that he had reached a deal with Google, solving a longstanding dispute over alleged abuse of its dominant market position for internet searches. Plaintiffs dismissed the effort, demanding a say before the agreement is confirmed.
Digital 21-11-2013

Europe needs to re-think its regulatory approach to the internet

French proposals to tackle internet regulation are half-right and half-wrong, writes James Waterworth, arguing that there is a danger in the idea of prescribing too much control over the web.
Digital 04-07-2013

Online businesses fret about new EU data privacy rules: Survey

More than two-thirds of online retailers say that proposed changes to EU data protection rules will damage business, according to a poll by Europe’s largest e-commerce association.
Digital 07-12-2012

EU copyright regulation must blend IP protection with Internet freedom

Copyright and the Internet are not two incompatible concepts. Rather, they should walk hand-in-hand, writes Frédéric Donck.