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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: Technical work on the one-stop shop will continue A partial general approach on specific aspects of the draft data protection Regulation, including provisions on the public sector and provisions relating to specific data processing situations (Chapter IX), was reached at the Justice and Home Affairs Council. Member States held a debate on the one-stop shop principle, on the basis of the latest proposal by the Italian Presidency. While a majority of ministers endorsed the general architecture of the proposal, further technical work will be needed in the coming months. It...
  • Internet Access EU: Commission to open inquiry on algorithms The European Commission is considering adopting actions to make Internet firms share details of the algorithms they use to present information such as news, user posts or search engines results. The two-year-long inquiry is expected to be launched by mid-2017, with the aim to explore how social media companies, search engines and other technology firms organize their data and display information More than half a million euros has been set aside by the Commission to explore the issue; it is uncertain whether a legislative proposal...
  • Data protection EU data protection watchdogs urge Commission to probe Prism The Article 29 Working Party (WP), composed of EU data protection authorities (DPA), has sent EU Justice Commissioner Reding a letter outlining concerns about the protection of EU citizens’ data privacy following the revelations about the US data surveillance programme. The modalities of data access and location are the main issues at stake and the WP argues that the US laws should not apply to data that is only in transit, and is therefore not stored on servers on the US territory, reported MLex. In...
  • Data protection EU/US: Data transfer talks closer to deal Negotiations between the EU and US to review and strengthen the Safe Harbor agreement are getting closer to conclusion. After her meeting with US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, EU Justice Commissioner Vĕra Jourová said that discussions should be finalised in the coming weeks. While at the meeting on 23 July, no agreement was reached with regards to whether US authorities should have access to personal data for national-security purposes, Commissioner Jourová praised the progress made. According to the Commission, the progress...
  • Mr Yrjö Länsipuro, a journalist and former diplomat, has been elected as the new President the Finland Chapter of the Internet Society. After retiring from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where he was in charge of Internet Governance related issues and represented Finland in the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), Mr Länsipuro joined ISOC Finland where he has managed international affairs as a member of the Board and Vice-President. Mr Länsipuro is currently the Chair of ICANN’s Nominating...
  • Internet Access EU: Pressure on EP rapporteur of the European Electronic Communications Code During the past European Parliament plenary session (July 3-6), some of the most active players in the EU telecoms scene (Telecoms operators, OTTs, national representatives etc.) gathered to try to influence MEP Pilar Del Castillo (EPP, ES), rapporteur of the European Electronic Communications Code. Del Castillo is crafting political compromises on her draft proposal on telecoms reform for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). On July 11, shadow rapporteurs in ITRE will meet to...