About: internet freedom

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip
Broadband 09-06-2017

Digital development plan promotes EU tech laws

A new European Commission aid plan promises to channel more development funds into building internet networks in Africa, in the hope that the bloc's fresh privacy and net neutrality rules could become a template for other countries.
Europe's East 17-05-2017

Ukraine accuses Russia of attack on president’s website after sanctions decision

Ukraine accused Russia yesterday (16 May) of carrying out an organized cyber-attack on President Petro Poroshenko's website in response to Kyiv's decision to impose sanctions against a number of major Russian internet businesses.
Global Europe 05-09-2016

G20 in China: A successful conclusion

China flexed its muscles at the G20 summit held in Hangzhou, seen as a success in terms of content and logistics, although some details illustrated the remaining gaps between Beijing and its Western partners when it comes to managing an international gathering.
Trade & Society 22-07-2016

Commission plans export controls for surveillance technology

EXCLUSIVE / Technology companies may face stricter licensing requirements to export products that could be used to violate human rights, as part of a change to EU rules.
Mural on Cairo street, taken in July 2011
Development Policy 11-02-2016

EU internet freedom programme endangered by Commission muddle

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission appears to have shelved a landmark programme that gave out aid money to help human rights workers, protestors and journalists access the internet.
Global Europe 29-09-2015

Thailand’s junta mulls ‘Great Firewall’ to control internet

Thailand’s junta is facing growing opposition over plans to introduce a single Internet gateway for the country in a bid to increase the government’s ability to monitor the Web and block content. 
The European Parliament approved MEP Marietje Schaake's report on surveillance technology
Digital 09-09-2015

Parliament calls for stricter controls over surveillance tech exports

The European Parliament gave the green light on Tuesday (8 September) to a non-binding resolution calling for safeguards to ensure technology isn't implicated in human rights abuse, especially when it's exported outside of Europe for surveillance or censorship purposes. A European Commission proposal is expected next year.
Central Europe 28-10-2014

Commission slams Hungary’s ‘Internet tax’

The outgoing European Commission has delivered an unusually tough statement over a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which has unleashed boisterous protests in Hungary.
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.
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Digital 11-06-2013

MEPS on US data scandal

Europeans have reacted angrily to revelations that US authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data, saying such activity confirmed their fears about American Web giants' reach and showed that tighter regulations were needed just as the EU and US are about to launch transatlantic trade talks.
Digital 10-06-2013

US data scandal deepens EU-US divide on privacy

Europeans have reacted angrily to revelations that US authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data, saying such activity confirmed their fears about American Web giants' reach and showed that tighter regulations were needed just as the EU and US are about to launch transatlantic trade talks.
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.
Digital 06-09-2012

What lawmaking can learn from Wikipedia

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.
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Digital 04-07-2012

MEPs say no to ACTA

After months of intense debate, the European Parliament on Wednesday finally rejected the controversial anti-piracy treaty ACTA. With an outstanding majority of 478 negative votes, MEPs decided that no European member states will be able to join the treaty in its current form. ACTA was first proposed in 2007 to counter the trade of counterfeit good across borders.
Digital 13-02-2012

EU Commission, businesses play down ACTA fears

As mass demonstrations took place across Europe over the weekend against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the European Commission and pro-ACTA industry groups published statements intend to fend off "unjustified accusations".  
Digital 02-02-2012

ACTA activates European civil society

Online activists across Europe are protesting against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which officially aims to protect intellectual rights but which critics say violates privacy. An online petition against the international treaty attracted more than a million signatures, EURACTIV's network in Central Europe reports.

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