eco on New EU Commission: Oettinger Must Push Forward European Framework Conditions for Information Security

eco – Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. welcomes the new EU Commission, elected today by the European Parliament. “The new Commission is well equipped, with Andrus Ansip as Vice President for the digital single market, and Günther Oettinger as Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society,” said Oliver Süme, Director of Policy and Law at eco. The association supports Oettinger in his intention to establish European regulations and common standards in the areas of data protection and data security. “IT security is a cross-sector challenge which urgently requires a European solution,” Süme explaied, and went on to say that Oettinger will be expected to push for European regulations on these issues. “eco also calls for the embedding of the planned German IT Security Act at the European level in the planned NIS Directive.” In the area of critical infrastructure in this draft legislation, he sees it as decisive that the determination of the scope of responsibility for critical infrastructure be differentiated and precise, and undertaken jointly with the industry in a thorough and transparent process. Continue reading


Protecting Your Good Name

Trademarking, and the quiet revolution in domain names

Imagine being told you can no longer use the name your business has been trading under for years. Someone else has protected the rights, and you have no recourse. Trademarking is a topic which many businesses – especially small and medium-sized companies – tend to ignore until it’s too late. Patenting, trademarking, knowing what you can and can’t do, dealing with exploitative behavior and patent trolls. At the eco Congress in November in Cologne, eco member Rolf Claessen – chemist, nano-scientist, and patent attorney – will be telling us all about the potential and the pitfalls lurking in Intellectual Property law. Listen to Rolf giving a sneak preview of a few of the goodies awaiting visitors to the eco Congress, and providing timely advice on protecting your company’s interests.

Also in this podcast, the quiet revolution in Internet addressing is beginning to make its mark. Thomas Rickert, Leader of the Names and Numbers Competence Group in the eco Association, explains why the new generic Top-Level Domains, like .london or .horse will change the face of the Internet, and what the potential is for companies.

Added to this, eco member Alexander Hauser, from e3 Computing, talks about their energy efficient data center Solutions.
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Monika Graß

eco: DCIM as Platform for Individualized Apps - Reshaping Data Center Management

eco’s Monika Grass presented the eco White Paper on Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) in Warsaw on 15 October at Broadgroup’s Datacloud Central and Eastern Europe conference. The White Paper, DCIM ≠ DCIM, is an independent market overview involving 20 DCIM solutions, plus interviews with customers about tendering and implementation and interviews with providers. The project was supported by the University of Regensburg. The paper has been well-received in its first edition, published in May this year, and Ms. Grass noted that many more companies want to be involved in the second edition, which will be published in 2015. Continue reading


End of Roaming Fees Delayed

Although the European Commission has made clear that roaming fees inside the European Union should be abolished, eliminating them could be delayed. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union recently presented a draft for a directive that does not contain a roaming fee termination date, according to Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The directive contains guidelines concerning net neutrality.
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WhoIs Data Increasingly Centralised

How to treat the personal data of individuals who own domains was a discussion topic at the ICANN 51 conference in Los Angeles. The central questions were, what kind of data needs to be gathered and who has access to it? ICANN has come under pressure to meet demands from governments and law enforcement agencies.
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