Central Asia, comprising Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, serves as a strategic link between Asia and Europe for terrestrial Internet connectivity. Many international and regional organizations are recognizing the potential positive economic and social impact of a regional connectivity infrastructure.
The Internet Society was excited to announce recently that it is collaborating with several high-level stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic to develop Internet infrastructure in the region. Collaborating with the Internet Society European Regional Bureau are...
Date published 16 December 2014
As a participant at the Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers thematic debate on Freedom of Expression, I made the following remarks:
The Internet has become a part of everyday life for about 40% of the world’s population and is still growing. The network is no longer connecting only computers; it connects everything from mobile phones to tablets and, tomorrow, to a growing number of everyday objects. Ultimately, whatever the devices we use today or tomorrow, the Internet connects people.
Since the Internet was created in the early 1970s, it has evolved from a research project to...
Date published 09 December 2014
The Internet has reached a critical juncture and faces challenges that threaten to compromise the freedom and openness upon which it was built. There is a growing need to restore the world’s trust and confidence in the global network, and every stakeholder should be included in the dialogue about its future…precisely because it impacts so many, in so many important ways.
The Internet Society is a strong advocate for an open and free Internet. We believe the multistakeholder approach to Internet governance is the only way to ensure the stability, security, and availability of the global...
Date published 23 May 2014
In view of major conferences taking place this year, the adoption of a formal policy position on Internet governance " Internet Policy and Governance - Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" by the European Commission on 12 February is a major contribution.
It is the first comprehensive position paper by a governmental stakeholder, in this case the Executive Branch of the European Union which takes the lead and comes up with a vision on the future of Internet governance.
The role of governments in multistakeholder Internet governance arrangements is one of the key...
Date published 18 February 2014
EU: ISP may be ordered to block access to a copyright-infringing website
• In its ruling from 27 March, the Court of Justice of the European Union decided that an ISP may be ordered to block its customers’ access to a website that infringes copyright. But, while imposing this injunction, the enforcement authorities must ensure a fair balance between the fundamental rights concerned, meaning that the order must not unduly restrict the users’ ability to access lawful content, and must prevent unauthorised access to the protected subject-matter.• At the...
EU: Substantial improvements to the Safe Harbour agreement necessary
Speaking at 28th Annual International Conference on Privacy Laws & Business that took place this week at the University of Cambridge, Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit for Data Protection at the European Commission’s DG JUST, urged the US to accept changes to the Safe Harbour agreement.
Gencarelli warned that the Safe Harbour could only win the approval of EU lawmakers if substantial improvements are made. So far, negotiators on how to update the deal failed to reach consensus on accessing data for national...
ITU/WCIT | Net Neutrality | Open Internet | Data Protection/Privacy
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Internet governance dispute marks WCIT outcome
At the WCIT conference, 89 countries signed the global telecoms treaty, while 55 countries withdrew their approval as they believed that it treaty set up number of non-binding resolutions threatening Internet freedom.
According to a European Commission statement released on 14 December, the breakdown was due to...
The European Bureau
Established in Brussels in January 2010, the European Bureau serves as the focal point for the Internet Society’s activities in the region. The European region has a lively Internet policy community, active and committed Chapters, and key partners and organizational members.
With 23 Chapters region-wide, the European Bureau provides support for our broad network. The Bureau builds on these features to create a supportive and collaborative infrastructure for the region.
It also provides targeted outreach to key policymakers in the region. We educate them about the...
EU: Cross-border privacy probes will need clear division of roles
Peter Hustinx, the outgoing European Data Protection Supervisor stated that data protection authorities (DPAs) will need to ensure a clear division of roles and responsibilities when probing privacy violations across borders.
Under the proposed one-stop shop principle of the draft data protection Regulation, disputes should be settled by the regulator in the home country of the company facing the complaint, with the input of other national DPAs if appropriate.
According to Hustinx, in cases where the one-stop...
EU: LIBE Committee’s hearing on Privacy Shield reveals diverging views
On 17 March, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee hosted a hearing on the EU-US Privacy Shield.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of the French data protection authority (CNIL) and Chair of the Article 29 Working Party (WP), stated that the data protection authorities (DPAs) are reviewing the Privacy Shield focusing on its compliance with EU privacy rules, guarantees for independent oversight, effective redress for EU citizens and the role DPAs will play in its enforcement and annual...