IT Security as a Decision-making Factor

IT security is one of the topics upon which eco has been working intensively over the past number of years. In addition to various eco initiatives, the association also offers first-hand expert knowledge through its Safety & Security Tour. Peter Meyer, Head of eco Cyber Security Services, explains how important the topic should be for every company. Continue reading

These are the Internet Trends for 2018

  • Trends 2018: Smart ecosystems, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and New Work

  • New digital ecosystems creating added value in 2018

Smart ecosystems, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and New Work – these are the trend topics for 2018, according to eco – Association of the Internet Industry. “In 2018, more so than ever before, the Internet industry will set the tempo for innovation and growth,” says eco CEO Harald A. Summa. “Providers will intensify the connection of their solutions to digital ecosystems and create real benefits for companies and private individuals through new technologies.” Continue reading

eco – Association of the Internet Industry with an Extended Management Structure from January 2018 Onwards

  • Alexander Rabe and Harald A. Summa will jointly manage Europe's largest association of the Internet industry from January 2018 onwards.
  • Strengthening the content-related activities of the association and the cooperation with member companies.

Since January 1 2017, eco - Association of the Internet Industry has a new management structure

Alexander Rabe, former Head of the Capital Office, joins CEO Harald A. Summa as Managing Director.

The association is responding to the steadily increasing number of member companies, and to its expanding international activities and collaborations. Continue reading

"We must act as the source of inspiration and knowledge for the industry and retain our status as a partner who can always be relied upon"

As of January 2018, Alexander Rabe has joined Harald A. Summa as Managing Director in leading Europe’s largest association of the Internet industry. Rabe was previously Head of eco’s Capital Office, a role he took over in September 2016 alongside his position as Head of the Policy, Law and Regulations Division. In a short interview, he explains, among other things, where he sees the focal points of his future work. Continue reading

eco – A Look Back at 2017: Internet Policy without a Governing Concept

The three most important digital policy developments in Germany in 2017

The year 2017 was dominated by Germany’s federal elections in September and the preceding election campaign, which also made itself felt in some of the federal government's decisions on Internet policy shortly before the end of the eighteenth legislative term.

But what was actually achieved in 2017 in Internet and digital policy in Germany? eco – Association of the Internet Industry takes stock and looks back at the three most important digital policy developments and decisions of the last 12 months. In so doing, the association warns against weakening Germany's position as a digital location and growth driver of the Internet industry through too many restrictions and regulations. At the same time, eco calls for political decision-makers to focus once more on the opportunities and potentials of digitalization for society and the economy, and not to further undermine trust in digital services through excessive surveillance measures.

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NetzDG: Effective as of 1 January, but of Questionable Constitutional Status

As of 1 January 2018, companies are obliged to fully implement the “Act for the Improvement of Law Enforcement in Social Networks” (Network Enforcement Act, NetzDG), which entered into force in Germany in October 2017. What this means: Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube must make it possible for their users to complain about content which is illegal in Germany and to report it to the respective companies. The operators are then obliged to check the reported contents and delete them in instances of suspected legal infringements. The decision as to the lawfulness of the content rests with the network operator. The Association of the Internet Industry reiterates its fundamental criticism of the NetzDG and its prescribed procedures. “eco categorically rejects the contentious and constitutionally questionable Network Enforcement Act and will continue to advocate for the abolition of the law.” Continue reading