This year’s European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) opened in Lisbon today. It is the most important event at the European level, where stakeholders from industry, governments, research and civil society share ideas on the future shaping of the Internet. Continue reading
- Registrar Atlas compares the Domain Industry in 8 different markets
- Study available free of charge at http://numbers.eco.de
The Association of the German Internet Industry, eco, is releasing its Registrar Atlas 2013 just in time for the start of the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). In the third edition of the largest international study of the Domain Industry, eco has investigated the chances of success the domain providers of the new gTLDs like .web, .blog or .mail will have. Lawyer Thomas Rickert, Director of the Competence Group Names and Numbers in the eco Association, is convinced: “Good domains are already like an address on Park Avenue. With the introduction of the new gTLDs, a lot of new virtual properties in top locations will be created.”
The European Internet complaint sites fighting online child pornography are facing termination. The EU’s funding expires in June 2014, and it is not clear if sufficient funds will be available to continue thereafter. The latest programmes published by Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, make no reference to the complaint sites.
A petition brought to life by a 19-year-old student wanting all data to be treated equally online has achieved its first major goal. The petition committee of the German Bundestag, the first chamber of parliament, will hold a public hearing dedicated to the topic. The petition aims to pass a law guaranteeing net neutrality: Internet providers should be obliged to treat all users’ data the same, regardless of their origin or content. So far, more than 73,000 individuals have supported the petition.
The Internet Governance Forum Deutschland (IGF-D) took place 3 June 2013 with about 110 participants representing the economy, politics, science and the civil society. The meeting’s goal was to prepare Germany’s contribution to the International Internet Governance Forum held by the United Nations in Bali in October, as well as the European Dialogue on Internet Governance held in Portugal in June.