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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Parliament is readying the publication of its software source code, a move that would open up the details of its lawmaking processes. Meanwhile a number of political activists are undertaking their own initiatives to make not only lawmaking processes, but also content more transparent.