Internet Administration: eco Calls for Clear Process Towards IANA Reform

  • Transfer of ICANN control by September 2015 now in question: IGF must determine the process now
  • Security and stability of the network architecture are central economic factors
  • eco welcomes engagement of the German Federal Government for a strong multi-stakeholder model

Today, the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) starts off in Istanbul. Over four days, the estimated 2,500 representatives of international governments, companies and NGOs, as well as participants from the civil society, will be exchanging ideas and information in current issues in Internet Governance, such as Internet administration, net neutrality, security and data protection, surveillance and intellectual property in the digital age. In the eyes of the Internet industry, of great importance will be the discussions on the reform process of the IANA supervision. This concerns a ruling about the future administration of the Internet address administrator, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) administers the root zone of the Domain Name System. It operates the thirteen root servers which form the starting point for the name resolution in the Internet. Continue reading


eco Ensures Legal Certainty for German Registrars

Three eco member companies obtain Data Retention Waivers from ICANN

Accreditation contracts that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as a company enters into with registrars do not always comply in all points with the legal requirements of the country where the registrar has their headquarters – for example, in the area of Blanket Data Retention, which is not permissible in Germany. Continue reading


Spotify And Friends: Music Industry on the Verge of the Next Revolution

On the occasion of the IFA 2014 in Berlin, eco – Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. forecasts: Streaming services will drive digital downloads out of the market in the next ten years.

Only a few years ago, they took over from the CD, now they themselves are threatened with becoming a niche product: Digital music downloads will be pushed out of the market in the next few years by streaming services. eco – Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. makes this forecast in connection with the IFA 2014. According to Michael Westphal, Leader of the eco Competence Group Streaming Media, the music industry is on the cusp of the next big revolution. “The activation of the Telekom service Musicload in early 2014 is a sign of the clear trend: As a result of the more and more attractive and inexpensive streaming services being offered, people are losing interest in mp3 downloads.” Continue reading


Trust is Good – Security is Better

  • Internet Security Days 2014 on 24 and 25 September in Phantasialand in Bruehl
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy accepts patronage of the event
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Since the revelations by Edward Snowden, at the latest, no company, public office or user can afford to ignore the urgency of the topic Security in the Internet. Up-to-date information from international Security experts, combined with efficient security solutions and abundant opportunities for exchanging information and experience: All this is offered at the Internet Security Days on the 24 – 25 September. Under the patronage of German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the ISD is taking place this year for the fourth time. And entertainment is also taken care of – with the setting in the fun-park Phantasialand, in Bruehl, near Cologne. Continue reading


Risks and Side-Effects in Email Communication

Despite the omni-presence of social media, email is still an essential medium for marketing communication. The legal situation and case-law in Germany and around the world have developed considerably in recent years. In interview, Rosa Hafezi, lawyer in the eco Professional Services Department, gives a quick overview of the most important pre-requisites and potential traps. Continue reading