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08/12/2016

EU internet governance: Franco-German alliance

Topic: Internet governance


Digital 05-12-2016

EU urges US tech giants to act faster against hate speech

US tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday (4 December).
Digital 14-09-2016

New telecoms rules mark 'quiet revolution' as Commission aims to boost internet speed

A set of EU telecoms laws will be remodelled when the European Commission proposes an overhaul today (14 September) of how the sector is governed.
Development Policy 02-09-2016

Failed rocket was carrying Facebook satellite to give Africa the Internet

The space rocket which exploded before take-off yesterday (1 September) was carrying a satellite Facebook intended to use to connect sub-Saharan Africa to the internet.
Digital 25-08-2016

EU may require YouTube, DailyMotion to seek deals with music industry

Websites such as Google's YouTube, DailyMotion and Pinterest could be required to seek licences or revenue-sharing deals with artists for content that is uploaded by their users as part of the European Union's planned copyright overhaul.
Digital 24-08-2016

European digital single market needs strong net neutrality guidelines

Without a strong protection of the principle of net neutrality, European digital businesses will be confronted with regional fragmentation and new barriers to market entry that will favour the already dominant tech companies from Silicon Valley, writes Stefan Heumann.
Digital 11-07-2016

Commission asked to crack down on YouTube, Spotify, Netflix in copyright bill

Two groups representing the film and music industry wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (11 July) asking the European Commission to crack down on internet companies they say are exploiting artists.
Digital 17-06-2016

Time for a stakeholders-led platform to shape e-commerce rules

E-commerce is revolutionising, raising new challenges on governance, regulation and traditional international rules. Time is ripe for a stakeholder-based World e-Trade Platform (eWTP) to propose new standards and incubate rules, writes Luigi Gambardella
Digital 09-06-2016

Confronting the dark side of the Internet

From enabling mass incursions of privacy, to connecting terrorists and paedophiles, to facilitating cybercrime and lending anonymity to bullies and trolls, the net has a darker side, which needs to be tackled, writes Thorbjørn Jagland.  

EU regulators take tough approach to net neutrality

Europe's telecoms operators will have to justify giving priority to certain services on their network, according to new EU regulatory guidelines in a move likely to disappoint an industry hoping for more leeway so they can boost revenues.
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.