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  • 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
  • Data protection EU: Conclusion of the EU Data Protection reform is crucial In a statement published on the occasion of the 9th European Data Protection Day (28 January), Vice-President Andrus Ansip in charge of the Digital Single Market and Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová underlined that EU citizens are waiting for data protection rules to catch up with the digital age. Noting that new emerging technologies have enormous potential for society and the economy, they underlined that the potential can only be realised if people can trust personal data usage.  For the 10th edition, the...
  • Data Protection EU: Member States oppose lodging regulatory powers to a single authority   According to a note prepared for a meeting of EU Justice Ministers (this week), EU Member States oppose a provision of the proposed data protection Regulation that would allow companies operating across the EU to be regulated by a single national watchdog, which will depend on the country in which they are registered. The Member States fear that, if the supervision and concomitant powers were to be concentrated in one authority, it could hamper the protection of individual data and...
  •   How to shape the future of the Internet. The Estonian Perspective INET Tallinn, Estonia, will focus on copyright infringement on the Internet and freedom of speech. Venue:  IT Kolledž Address: Raja 4C, Tallinn, 12616 Agenda Wednesday 23 May 2012 11:45 - 12:15 Registration 12:15 - 12:45 Keynote: "Between opportunities and challenges: which Internet do you want?" Frédéric Donck, European Regional Bureau, Internet Society. 12:45 - 13:15 "Who will own your data...
  • Safety UK: Tech companies raise concerns about proposed UK Investigatory Powers Bill In a joint statement, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have raised concerns with regards to the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill. According to the companies, the proposed bill could threaten citizens’ privacy and data security. The statement is part of the 120 pieces of written evidencewhich have been submitted to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on the Draft Bill. The companies stated that they reject proposals that would require them to deliberately weaken the security of their products...
  • Data protection EU: Justice Council agrees on two important pillars of the data protection reform At this week’s meeting of the EU Justice Council, the Ministers agreed on two important pillars of the proposed overhaul of EU’s data protection framework: an agreement on therules that govern data transfers to third countries(Chapter V of the proposed Regulation) and an agreement on theterritorial scopeof the Regulation. With regards to data transfers, the proposal sets out three securitisation roads: the first one is when the Commission classifies a third country as adequate in terms of data...
  • Open Internet UK: ISPs ordered to block access to three file-sharing websites The UK High court has ordered six UK ISPs (Sky, BT, Everything Everywhere, Talk Talk, O2 and Virgin Media) to disable access to three file-sharing websites that enable their customers to freely download films and music. The case was brought to the court by ten record labels, such as EMI, Sony and Universal, and is the third one in the UK over the past two years. The court has given ISPs 15 working days to implement the order. Spain: ISPs ordered to block Internet access Spanish telecoms regulator...