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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 Germany: Court confirms companies must specify reasons for data sharing In a recent ruling, the Berlin Regional Court asked Apple to change its data handling policies, as they do not comply with country’s data protection laws. Among the clauses which the company needs to change is the ‘global consent’ clause used for data sharing between Apple and its partners. According to the ruling, for a user’s consent to be valid, a company is required to tell its costumers what the data is used for. Moreover, Apple will no longer be allowed to collect...
  • Data protection Sweden: Data protection regulator and tech industry criticise government on data retention Datainspektionen, Sweden’s data protection authority, and IT&Telekomföretagen, an association of Sweden’s technology companies, both issued statements this week to criticise the government’s plans to issue a new law on data retention. Taking part in a consultation over a government study on data retention, Datainspektionen criticised the government’s approach, suggesting it understated risks for the privacy of citizens. The regulator also expressed concerns over potential measures...
  • Digital Single Market EU: Commission services put finishing touches to the Digital Single Market strategy Two weeks ahead of the official publication of the Digital Single Market strategy (6 May), leaked versions of the document started circulating in Brussels.  According to the draft, the Commission plans to launch several legislative actions in 2015-2016. Proposals to reform copyright rules (by the end of 2015) and to eliminate geo-blocking of digital sales of goods and content within the EU (by mid-2016) are among the first concrete steps. The Commission intends to address the rising...
  • Data protection EU: LIBE Committee’s draft report proposes European Digital Corpus MEP Claude Moraes (UK, S&D) has published a draft report on surveillance programmes and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights. Confirming the findings of the unprecedented scale of data snooping, the draft has highlighted that trust between the EU and the US, as well as trust in the security of IT services has been profoundly shaken, requiring the EU institutions set up a plan that would comprehensively address those trust issues. In order to do so, the report has...
  • Security EU: European Parliament backs reinforced powers for Europol On 11 May, the European Parliament backed the proposed reform of Europol’s mandate (Regulation 2013/0091) which will strengthen the agency’s powers to fight terrorism and cybercrime. The Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached an agreement on the draft rules in November 2015. Under the new mandate, Europol will be able to exchange information with private entities, such as social media providers, which will make the removal of online terrorist propaganda faster. In order to guarantee data protection and...