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Data protection 09-02-2018

Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law.

Languages & Culture 16-01-2018

EU urged to help expand internet domain names in different languages

Researchers and officials working on internet governance have urged EU institutions to help expand the use of internationalised domain names, which contain letters from alphabets including Cyrillic or Greek, or accented letters like in the word “café”.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip
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.

ICANN Vice President for Europe Jean-Jacques Sahel
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.

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.

Digital 05-03-2015

US election could trigger battle over Internet governance

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.

Protected Geographical Indication
Digital 18-06-2014

French concerns over geographical indications will hamper TTIP talks

Wine is a casus belli for the French government, who may block transatlantic negotiations if geographical indications are not protected. 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 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.

Digital 06-12-2013

EU challenges US hegemony in global internet governance

French lawmakers, supported by the EU's Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, are pressing the European Union to stand up more firmly against American domination in cyberspace.