QuickLinks - Information society and Internet policy
QuickLinks - Information society and Internet policy
Issue no. 411 - 3 October 2010
- EU - Welcome to Brussels: crossroads to the future
Neelie Kroes European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Opening address at ICT 2010 Conference Brussels, 27 September 2010. ood morning everybody and a very warm welcome to the ICT 2010 event. It is a great pleasure for the European Commission to host this event in Brussels with the Belgian Presidency. This sort of unique gathering is one of the things the EU does best: bringing people together to think big and act big.
- EU - Who pays what? Broadband for all and the future of Universal Service Obligations
Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Digital Agenda Address at Nordic Broadband Forum Copenhagen, 15 September 2010.
- EU's Kroes: 30 percent of Europeans are 'digital virgins'
Privacy concerns need to be further addressed if Europe is to lure the 30 percent of its population that remain "digital virgins" onto the Internet. "There are still digital virgins as I am always saying," European Commissioner Neelie Kroes said, speaking at the Techonomy conference here. One of the big hurdles, she said, is trust. And while the elderly are the least likely to be online, she said that it is not strictly an age issue. Kroes was blunt when asked if there were any downsides to Europe's comparatively stricter policies regarding privacy. "No, not at all," she said. However, she didn't suggest that her track record was perfect. "I've learned more from my mistakes than my successes...and my list of mistakes is much longer," she said. Kroes also said that hurdles remain to entrepreneurship in Europe, including a lack of venture capital, among other issues. "Our labor laws are rather strict," Kroes said. "But we are on the move, so to say."
- The future of the Internet: A virtual counter-revolution
The internet has been a great unifier of people, companies and online networks. Powerful forces are threatening to balkanise it. See also The web's new walls and The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet (Wired).
Issue no. 410 - 6 August 2010
- CN - China's plan to use internet for propaganda
(Sydney Morning Herald)
The Chinese Communist Party has detailed its ambitious but secretive strategy for transforming the internet into a force for keeping it in power and projecting "soft power" abroad. An internal speech by China's top internet official, apparently posted by accident on an official internet site before being promptly removed, outlines a vast array of institutions and methods to control opinion at home and also "create an international public opinion environment that is objective, beneficial and friendly to us". Concerning the Development and Administration of Our Country's Internet, Report by Wang Chen, Deputy Director, Propaganda Department, Communist Party of China (CPC) Director, External Propaganda Department, CPC Director, Information Office, State Council, People's Republic of China. Delivered on April 29, 2010 before the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
- EU - Bringing European values to the Internet of Things
Speech by Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, 2nd Annual Internet of Things Conference Brussels, 1st June 2010.
- EU - Why Europe needs the Digital Agenda
Speech by Neelie Kroes, World Congress on Information Technology, Amsterdam, 25 May 2010. see also Building the Networked World (BBC).
Issue no. 409 - 6 June 2010
- EU - Bringing European values to the Internet of Things
Speech by Neelie Kroes,European Commissioner for Digital agenda, 2nd Annual Internet of Things Conference Brussels, 1st June 2010.
- EU - Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan
Implementing the ambitious Digital Agenda for Europe unveiled by the European Commission would contribute significantly to the EU's economic growth and spread the benefits of the digital era to all sections of society. The Agenda outlines seven priority areas for action: creating a digital Single Market, greater interoperability, boosting internet trust and security, much faster internet access, more investment in research and development, enhancing digital literacy skills and inclusion, and applying information and communications technologies to address challenges facing society like climate change and the ageing population. Examples of benefits include easier electronic payments and invoicing, rapid deployment of telemedicine and energy efficient lighting. In these seven areas, the Digital Agenda foresees some 100 follow-up actions, of which 31 would be legislative.
Issue no. 406 - 21 February 2010
- Kleinwachter: Don't move backwards on Internet governance
This is a comment Professor Wolfgang Kleinwachter made regarding the future of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). At the recent Geneva consultations of the IGF, there was a disagreement over whether the UN Secretary-General's recommendations on the continuation of the IGF should be delivered through the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) or the Committee on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) prior to the UN General Assembly receiving it to make a final decision. This seemingly obscure bureaucratic disagreement reflects a larger debate over how open and "multistakeholder" the IGF should be.
Issue no. 403 - 24 November 2009
- Bringing down walls and barriers in the digital world - priorities for the European Digital Agenda
Speech by Viviane Reding Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, 'Visby Agenda: Creating impact for an eUnion 2015' Visby/Gotland, 9 November 2009.
- IGF - Net talking shop kicks off debate
Egypt should not have been picked as the venue for a key net talking shop, say human rights activists. Reporters Without Borders said it was "surprised" that the Internet Governance Forum will take place in Egypt's Sharm-el-Sheikh resort. Set up by the UN, about 1,400 participants are expected to attend the three day meeting which gets under way on 15 November. Delegates will debate security, access and the growth of social networks. In a statement Reporters Without Borders said: ""It is astonishing that a government that is openly hostile to internet users is assigned the organization of an international meeting on the internet's future." See also Open Net Initiative profile for Egypt and UN slated for stifling net debate.
- IGF / CN - China isn't happy with the IGF
On the final day of a four-day meeting, most government representatives expressed support for renewing the Internet Governance Forum's five-year mandate which ends next year. China did not. Chen Yin, the head of the Chinese delegation to the Internet Governance Forum, said that the IGF's mandate should not be continued without reforms.
- IGF- Muzzled by the United Nations
The Internet Governance Forum is winding down today in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. There have been a lot of very constructive conversations in workshops and panels over the past four days about how to advance security, privacy, child protection, AND human rights and free expression on the Internet. Unfortunately, the biggest headline coming out of the forum so far has been an incident on Sunday in which a poster promoting a book about censorship by the Open Net Initiative was removed by U.N. security. See reports by the BBC, the Associated Press, and the ONI's FAQ on the incident. Also see a YouTube video of the incident, and video of IGF Chairman Markus Kummer explaining the incident.
Issue no. 402 - 18 October 2009
Issue no. 401 - 26 July 2009
- EU - Digital Europe - Europe's Fast Track to Economic Recovery
Speech by Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Telecoms and Media. The Ludwig Erhard Lecture 2009. Lisbon Council, Brussels, 9 July 2009. See also EU plans overhaul of Internet download rules (Reuters). The European Union needs new rules for Internet downloads that would make it easier for people to access music and films without resorting to piracy, the bloc's telecoms chief said. Mapping out the priorities for the EU's executive arm over the next five years, EU Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding said it should consider new laws that would reconcile the interests of intellectual property owners and Internet surfers. "It will therefore be my key priority to work… on a simple, consumer friendly legal framework for accessing digital content in Europe's single market, while ensuring, at the same time, fair remuneration (for) creators," she told a seminar. Speech by Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Telecoms and Media. The Ludwig Erhard Lecture 2009. Lisbon Council, Brussels, 9 July 2009. See also YouTube clip produced by EUXTV.
Issue no. 399 - 7 June 2009
- EU - Commissioner Reding calls for full privatisation and full accountability of ICANN
In a video posted on her website, Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, called for greater transparency and accountability in Internet Governance as of October 2009. Key decisions related to Internet Governance, like top level domains and managing the internet's core directory, are currently made by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a private not-for profit corporation established in California. So far, ICANN has been operating under an agreement with the US Department of Commerce. However, this agreement expires on 30 September this year. For the time after, Commissioner Reding outlined a new governance model for the internet. This would include a fully private and accountable ICANN, accompanied by an independent judicial body, as well as a "G12 for Internet Governance" - a multilateral forum for governments to discuss general internet governance policy and security issues. See Text of Mrs Reding's message.
Issue no. 394 - 7 December 2008
Issue no. 389 - 22 June 2008
- DE - Regulation of Broadcasting and Internet Services in Germany.
A brief overview by W. Schulz, T. Held, S. Dreyer in cooperation with T. Wind (pdf) 2nd edition, March 2008.
- EU - Public consultation on Age Verification, Cross Media Rating and Classification, and Online Social Networking
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on age verification, cross media rating and classification, and online social networking. The purpose of the public consultation is to gather the knowledge and views of all relevant stakeholders (including public bodies, child safety and consumer organisations, industry). The gathered information will be fed into this year's Safer Internet Forum 2008, which will be dedicated to the above mentioned topics. The consultation will be open until 31 July 2008.
- EU - Seizing the Opportunities of the Global Internet Economy
Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media,OECD Ministerial Meeting "Future of the internet economy" Seoul, Korea, 17-18 June 2008.
- OECD - Cybercrime risk to the internet economy
Government ministers from across the world have issued a call for greater vigilance against cybercrime at a meeting on the future of the internet economy. The Seoul Declaration came at the end of a two day ministerial conference on the future of the web in the South Korean capital hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD member countries, the European Community and ministers from Chile, Egypt, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Senegal and Slovenia affirmed the declaration. Participants agreed on the need for governments to work closely with business, civil society and technical experts on policies that promote competition, empower and protect consumers, and expand internet access and use worldwide. See also Chair's Summary, Shaping policies for the future of the Internet economy and Annexes.
- OECD - How can the internet make this world a better place?
This is the question OECD is asking the public on YouTube at www.youtube.com/futureinternet. YouTube users can share their opinion with the leaders and opinion shapers attending the OECD Ministerial meeting on the "Future of the Internet" in Seoul, Korea on 17-18 June 2008. The OECD is organising the Ministerial Meeting. Government ministers from more than 40 countries, global business and civil society leaders, academics and technical experts will meet with more than 1000 participants to forge broad principles that can provide an enabling policy environment for the Internet Economy.
Issue no. 388 - 1 June 2008
- EU - Haut débit, mobilité, créativité: les chances que la France et l'Europe doivent saisir
Discours de Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission européenne responsable pour la Société de l'Information et Médias, Assises françaises du numérique "les TIC, levier de croissance et de compétitivité", Paris, le 29 mai 2008.
- EU - Les principaux chantiers en cours de l'Europe des télécoms et des médias
Discours de Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission européenne responsible pour la société de l'information et les médias, Conférence 'Convergence 2008', Paris, le 30 mai 2008.
- EU - The i2010 Agenda - a European Success story in the making
Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media. i2010 Conference - Information Society at a Crossroads, Brdo, 13 May 2008.
- WSIS - Information Society on the move: ITU issues stocktaking report
The ITU has released WSIS Stocktaking 2008 Report. This Report is an update on the activities undertaken by governments, business, civil society and other organizations aimed at the achievement of the objectives and targets of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) from end 2005 until mid 2008. The Report was prepared through a consultative process with all stakeholders by placing the draft report for comments on the WSIS stocktaking website. The system is publicly accessible and presents information on WSIS-related initiatives and projects. It is possible to search for information within the database by WSIS action line, project, keyword, geographical location and other specifications. Governments submitted 3812 activities, representing 54 per cent of the total number of submissions. International organizations were second, with 29 per cent, followed by businesses, civil society entities and others. Some 44 per cent of activities submitted had been carried out at the national level, while 30 per cent were of an international nature.
Issue no. 387 - 12 May 2008
- FR - La Cnil, le FDI, l'Afnic et l'Isoc appellent à une gouvernance européenne de l'internet
Les principaux organismes français encadrant le développement d'internet - la Cnil, le FDI, l'Afnic et l'Isoc France - militent pour que l'Europe pèse d'avantage dans les réunions du Forum international sur la gouvernance de l'Internet (FGI). Les quatre organismes vont donc pousser l'idée de créer un FGI européen dont l'objectif sera de coordonner les interventions au prochain FGI mondial, qui se tiendra du 3 au 6 décembre prochain à Hyderabad (Inde). La Cnil, le FDI, l'Afnic et l'Isoc France ont déjà défini quelques thèmes fédérateurs : la protection des données personnelles, celle des mineurs (lutte contre les contenus illicites) et l'accessibilité des services internet à toutes les populations (développement de contenus multilingues, éducation en milieu scolaire...).
Issue no. 386 - 20 April 2008
- CoE - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The 9th meeting of the Council of Europe (CoE) group of specialists on Human Rights in the Information Society (MC-S-IS) was held in Strasbourg from 31 March to 2 April 2008. At the same time, on 1-2 April, another division of the CoE was holding in a building across the street its 2008 Octopus conference on cooperation against cybercrime. This schedule overlapping is not the only sign that CoE's left hand seems to ignore what its right hand is doing: different divisions are also addressing same issues, though from different points of view and with different results.
Issue no. 383 - 27 January 2008
- EU - European Parliament resolution on the second IGF in Rio
The European Parliament have released a resolution on the recent Internet Governance Forum meeting in Rio de Janeiro. It considers that, although the IGF is not to adopt formal conclusions, the European Union's responsibility is to support this process, as it gives a positive and concrete context to the shaping of the Internet's future on the basis of a multi-stakeholder approach and calls on the Commission and the Council to keep the IGF high on their agendas. It encourages the organisation of a 'European IGF' before mid-2009 to reinforce the European dimension of the whole IGF/WSIS process.
- US - Video Game Industry Seeks Political Clout
(New York Times)
Capitalizing on its improved respectability, the video game industry intends to establish a political action committee to donate money to game-friendly politicians and candidates. Michael D. Gallagher, chief executive of the Entertainment Software Association, the industry's lobbying arm in Washington, said that the group's board approved the PAC's creation last fall and that the committee would be up and running by the end of March. The association represents major game publishers including the Walt Disney Company, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.
Issue no. 382 - 6 January 2008
- EU - Media literacy: do people really understand how to make the most of blogs, search engines or interactive TV?
The media are changing, and so is citizens' use of such media. New information and communication technologies make it much easier for anybody to retrieve and disseminate information, communicate, publish or even broadcast. The ability of people to critically analyse what they find in the media and to make more informed choices - called 'media literacy' - therefore becomes even more essential for active citizenship and democracy. Following an EU-wide survey last year, the European Commission has announced today its plans to encourage the development of media literacy and the exchange of good practice across Europe.
- EU - The convergent publisher - Print media in the broadband economy
Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media. Publishers Forum, Brussels, 6 December 2007.
Issue no. 381 - 8 December 2007
- Better together
The internet, supposedly a new realm, is most useful when coupled to the real world.
- Cyberlawyer 2.0
Lawrence Lessig is known for his work at the interface between technology and law. Why is he shifting his focus to corruption?
- EU - Innovating towards the digital future : Lifestyles, society and culture
Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, Microsoft Innovation Day, Brussels, 4 December 2007
- FR - AOL, Dailymotion, Google, Yahoo et PriceMinister s'organisent pour défendre leur statut
Alors que la mission Olivennes s'est engagée à responsabiliser les hébergeurs, cinq acteurs du web se regroupent pour protéger leurs activités. Une initiative pour rappeler qu'ils adoptent « une démarche responsable » face au piratage et à la contrefaçon. Il s'agit de la « première organisation française qui regroupe des sociétés de premier plan du web 2.0 et vise à promouvoir le "nouvel" internet ». L'Association des services internet communautaires (Asic) vient de voir le jour sous l'impulsion d'AOL, Dailymotion, Google, PriceMinister et Yahoo.
- IGF - Brazil hosts web policy forum
More than 2,000 people who oversee the workings of the net around the world are gathering in Brazil. Policy makers, activists and officials are gathering in Rio de Janeiro for the second Internet Governance Forum. The UN-backed body aims to give those developing policies for the net a place to air problems and hear about others who have succeeded. Sessions at the four-day forum will debate security, international domains and control of core net functions.
- IGF - UN Internet forum focuses on fighting sex predators
The second UN forum on governance of the Internet has closed with participants agreeing on the need to protect children from sexual predators using the web to lure victims. See also Brazil Net Forum Takes on Cybercrime(AP) and Net forum tackles cybercrime boom (BBC).
- UK - Lawmaker blasts government on Microsoft policy
A member of Parliament of the United Kingdom has launched a stinging attack on the U.K. government's IT strategy, saying that it has given Microsoft too much control.
Issue no. 380 - 30 September 2007
- 2007-09-13 CoE, Strasbourg - Pan-European conference on ethics and human rights in the information society
On 13 and 14 September the Council of Europe will host a pan-European conference on the ethical dimensions of the information society, organised in conjunction with UNESCO and the French Commission for UNESCO. The aims of the conference are:
- to identify ethical and human rights issues connected with information and communication technologies and the way ICT are used;
- to raise stakeholders' awareness of these issues;
- to contribute to the UNESCO code of ethics project and make operational recommendations;
- to promote the development of regional and inter-regional networks and co-operation.
- 2007-09-27 IT, Rome - Dialogue Forum on Internet Rights
The Italian Government, in the framework of the Internet Governance Forum process, and in cooperation with the UN and the IGF Secretariat, will organize a Dialogue Forum on Internet Rights, to be held in Rome on 27 September 2007. The Government of Italy invites all stakeholders - Governments, private sector, civil society, academic and technical communities, and international organizations - to attend the meeting. To facilitate the public debate a dedicated online forum is also available. This initiative aims at facilitating the international multistakeholder debate on the opportunity of defining shared rights, that guarantee the open and multilateral character of the Internet.
- UK - A call for Net neutrality debate
Web's global nature makes it essential for U.K. and Europe to discuss Net neutrality, says British Computer Society president. Professor Nigel Shadbolt said that, because so much of the Internet's content is derived from the U.S., the U.K. and Europe would be affected by any Net neutrality-related decisions made across the Atlantic. Because Internet users in the U.S. tend to have a smaller range of ISPs to choose from than do users in the U.K., the consensus in the U.K. has been that Net neutrality is a U.S.-centric debate.
Issue no. 378 - 5 August 2007
Issue no. 377 - 5 July 2007
- EU - Meinungsfreiheit, Medienfreiheit und Medienpluralismus.
Viviane Reding, Mitglied der Europäischen Kommission, verantwortlich für Informationsgesellschaft und Medien. Ziele und Perspektiven europäischer Medienpolitik. 19. Medienforum.nrw Köln, 18. June 2007.
- IGF 2007: Rio here we come
The first UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Athens in November last year, was widely hailed as a success. It was an undeniably huge achievement to get the Chinese government in the same room as Amnesty International, and then to get them talking. The IGF is unique in the UN's history, designed to grant governments, NGOs, and commerce an equal seat at the table. But last time round, less than a sixth of attendees came from the private sector. Nominet, the registry for .uk addresses, has cooked up a scheme to get more companies involved with the IGF when it rolls into Rio De Janeiro for its second meeting this November.
Issue no. 376 - 10 June 2007
- EU - How Europe can Bridge the Broadband Gap
Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, "Bridging the broadband gap" conference, Brussels, 14 May 2007.
- ITU - Launch of the World Information Society Report 2007
ITU and UNCTAD announce the publication of the World Information Society Report 2007. The Report seeks to benchmark progress in meeting the WSIS targets, to be achieved by 2015 at the latest, and evaluates the evolution of the digital divide. It presents 200 pages of analysis of the latest trends in ICTs, exploring whether consumers are 'cutting the cord', the death of dial-up and growth in broadband and 3G. It evaluates the digital divide using a variety of techniques and finds that the strong growth of mobile telephony offers the greatest potential to bridge the digital divide.
- UK - Internet best practice contest launched
Businesses across the UK are being invited to put themselves forward as examples of internet best practice, after Nominet launched a competition. Nominet, which runs the .uk domain registry, is a participant in the worldwide Internet Governance Forum (IGF). It wants to establish a UK-specific version of the forum to show the rest of the world how well the UK manages its internet governance. Both private and public-sector organisations are invited to enter.
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