The European Union today faces some serious challenges including growing levels of populism and the threat of foreign intervention through cyber-attacks. Last year’s alleged Russian-led cyberattacks on US Democratic Party servers as well as Chinese government cyber espionage against other governments and companies have provided worrying precedents. Although it is hard to measure the actual impact these attacks had on the election results in the US, concerns are growing amongst European leaders that their electoral procedures are vulnerable to manipulation.
With elections rapidly approaching...
Date published 07 March 2017
The digitalization of human activities, from social interactions to industrial processes, has led to unprecedented levels of data collection. New data is constantly being produced, driven by the rise of user-generated content, the digitalization of industries and services, and the improvement of both machine to machine communication and data storage. As recognized in the Commission’s Communication “Towards a data-driven economy”, this trend “holds enormous potential in various fields, ranging from health, food security, energy efficiency to intelligent transport systems and smart cities”....
Date published 28 February 2017
net4all team from left to right: Roger Pueyo, Laia Sucarrats, Roger Baig, Ramon Roca and Leandro Navarro.
Beyond the Net Journal: Spain Catalonia Chapter #1 Episode
The purpose of net4all - Net for All - is to develop a set of capacity building materials for training people in the different aspects of development and sustainability in community networking infrastructures using technologies such as wifi and fibre. Particular attention will be focused on the needs of under-served communities and developing regions.
While producing these materials, net4all will benefit from the ten...
Date published 26 January 2017
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The UK’s Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has been in post just under four months, but already the differences between her approach and those of her two most recent predecessors (Richard Thomas and Christopher Graham) are starting to become clear. This may be due partly to the fact that she comes to the role with six years’ experience as the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, whereas Thomas and Graham came, respectively, from legal practice and the BBC.
Recently, Denham posted an update on the first eight weeks of her team’s investigation into personal data...
Date published 30 November 2016
Beyond the Net Journal: Spain Aragon Chapter #1 Episode
In a society where Internet in schools is become more and more common, knowing how to face the learning process in kids under 12, became an essential building block. Parents and teachers need to recognize that on the Internet kids aren't just watching, they are interacting with other people. With this in mind, the Aragon Spain Chapter applied to Beyond the Net Funding Programme with the aim of educating Aragonese parents and kids with skills and tools for a safer use of online resources. I asked few questions to Andres Gomez to get a...
Date published 10 August 2016
In times when disintegration seems to be the word of the day, it is a pleasure to witness people coming together to build bridges and find common ground. The first Central Asian Internet Governance Forum (CAIGF) took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 21-22 June gathering a significant group of local, regional and international stakeholders.
Central Asia consists of five former soviet republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), and this IGF marked a first time to conduct open dialogue on Internet policy matters in the region. The organisers – the Kyrgyz Government...
Date published 06 July 2016
Over the next two days (9-10 June), the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) takes place in Brussels, Belgium. With a theme of "Embracing the digital (r)evolution", EuroDIG has a full agenda and Internet Society staff will be participating in many aspects of the programme.
For us, the highlight will be at 11:30 CEST on Thursday, June 9, when our President and CEO Kathy Brown opens the first Plenary with a keynote speech. She plans to speak about how we can use our Collaborative Security approach to build trust in the Internet. (Read her blog post for a preview of her...
Date published 08 June 2016
RIPE -- the Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre – is one of the five regional Internet registries that allocates Internet numbering resources that help the Internet run.
We’ll be moderating a panel that brings together people from RIPE’s Middle East, Eurasia, and South Eastern European regions.
On its own this sounds like a lot of other panels at a lot of other events.
But this one, at least for me, is something special.
It will bring together people from very different RIPE regional communities. They come together at this important convening event of the full RIPE community to...
Date published 26 May 2016
Members from 22 European Internet Society Chapters in 20 countries gathered in Madrid on April 14, 2016 to discuss current public policy issues that affect the Internet. The meeting attendees were welcomed by Frédéric Donck, the Director of Internet Society’s European Bureau, who emphasized the importance of Chapters working together to address these issues. The countries represented in the meeting were Armenia, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and UK, so...
Date published 12 May 2016
Beyond the Net Journal: Armenia Chapter #2 Episode
A conversation with the manager of the "Culture House of the Blinds" unravels the mystery of the chess game, seen as the golden key that opens any door. Thankfully the Internet boosted the chess virus at a point that the benefits are within everybody’s reach.
In the previous episode we shared the pleasure we had in meeting the amazing team from Yerevan. We learnt how they created the Internet Availability Center which led to the idea of an Internet Radio. This latest project received funding from Internet Society newest...
Date published 25 April 2016