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Optimal Framework Conditions for Start-Up Founders

In Germany there is a substantial start-up scene, which is important for the digital transformation of the economy. But the number of start-ups needs to be raised considerably if Germany wants to occupy a top position in the global digital economy. The Sub-Committee Young Digital Economy (BJDW) has just released recommendations on the topic. eco CEO Harald A. Summa is a member of the committee, and he explains in interview a few details from the paper. Continue reading


eco Reports: Precise Delivery Times and Reliable Payment Systems Are the Most Important e-Commerce Trends

Current Trend Report from eco – Association of the German Internet Industry e. V: The comprehensive analysis of the personal data of the “digital customer” is of vital importance

Precise delivery times and reliable payment systems are currently the most important trends in e-commerce. This is the finding from the recent Trend Report from eco – Association of the German Internet Industry. According to the report, 83 percent of the e-commerce experts surveyed put these two characteristics right at the top of the trend-list. A further important trend identified by the eco report was the comprehensive analysis of the personal data of the “digital customer” (62 percent). Third place in the e-Commerce Trends was shared by the continuing importance of the physical delivery (house-to-house delivery of packages) and the awareness that public administration and politics must not ignore the current developments in the area of e-commerce (55 percent each). More than 90 percent of those surveyed see no or hardly any relevance in the near future for the “new delivery methods” – such as the delivery of packages by remote-controlled drone. Continue reading


“I am the Internet”

This is the slogan for the Internet Week Cologne, taking place this year from 20 to 24 October. This year again, the Internet Week will be under the patronage of the Cologne City Mayor, Jürgen Roters. The Internet Week Cologne is organized jointly by eco and the City of Cologne. Valentina Kerst, who is helping to shape the program, reveals a few details of the big event. Continue reading


Report on the Deletion Rate of Child Pornography in the Internet: Complaints Hotlines Faster in 2013

On 18 September 2014, the German Federal Government published the Evaluation Report by the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) on the deletion of child-pornographic content on the Internet in 2013. According to the report, a total of 4,317 reports were statistically registered by the BKA in 2013, in which more than 80 percent dealt with content hosted abroad. For both the content hosted inland and outside of Germany, the deletion rates overall were slightly worse in a comparison to the previous year. What is positive is that the average processing time reduced from 1.26 ot 1.12 days, as a result of optimized procedures between the BKA and the German complaints hotlines. Another reason for this is the accellerated forwarding of the reported cases to the BKA by the complaints hotlines, which dropped from 14.4 hours (2012) to 13.9. hours. Continue reading