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Internet governance 07-03-2022

Russia reportedly seeks tighter control over the internet

Russia appears to be preparing measures to tighten control over the internet, under the guise of seeking to be more resilient against cyberattacks, according to an internal document circulated on social media and comments by Russian officials.
Languages & Culture 10-12-2021

Internet guardians want to break web’s language barriers

When website addresses using writing systems like Chinese and Arabic were introduced back in 2009, it was hailed as a step that would transform the internet.
Data protection 05-04-2018

Privacy regulators in hotseat over future of ‘fundamental’ website owners list

The internet is at risk of becoming fragmented if online databases that show who owns websites are shut down after the EU’s new data protection law takes effect next month, the head of internet domain organisation ICANN has warned.
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
Technology 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
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 12-10-2005

Reding takes on US over internet control

Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding is on the offensive in the dispute with the US about governance of the internet, evoking the spectre of the internet falling apart.
Technology 30-09-2005

Transatlantic row over control of the internet

The UK-led EU delegation at a high-level meeting on internet governance has angered the US with a proposal to hand administration of the internet over to the United Nations. 
Technology 03-08-2005

EU to challenge US over internet governance

At the November 2005 World Summit on the Information Society, the EU and the US are likely to clash over the question of who will hold what experts have called the "golden key" to the internet.
Technology 28-06-2005

World Summit becomes focus for telecom ministers

The EU will prioritise the future governance of the internet and financial mechanisms for bridging the digital divide between industrial nations and developing countries. 
Technology 22-05-2003

Commission chooses EURid to manage .eu domain names

The Commission decided on 22 May to designate the EURid consortium to run the dot EU (.eu) top level domain.
27-02-2002

ICANN wants more transparency, openness and government participation

The President of the ICANN stated "the goal of leaving the Internet in private hands has proven unworkable" and therefore proposes "more transparency, openness and participation by government".