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Call for Contributions – dotmagazine: Internet Governance & Self Regulation

dotmagazine – eco's new monthly English-language in-depth magazine on Internet-related topics

Call for contributions from eco member companies and specialists on the topics Internet Governance, IT & Energy, and Connectivity

The eco International team is preparing for the launch of its new monthly in-depth magazine on Internet-related topics. We are looking for submissions from eco members who are experts in their field for the following three issues:

March 2017: Internet Governance & Self Regulation
April 2017: IT & Energy
May 2017: Connectivity; Terrestrial, Submarine & Satellite Networks

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eco Association: Further Consolidation of Housing and Hosting Sector

• Recent major deals, like the takeover of Host Europe Group by GoDaddy demonstrate the consolidation trends in the Housing and Hosting sector
• Providers want to exploit economies of scale and expand geographically

The beginning of December 2016 has seen two major deals in the Housing and Hosting sector: GoDaddy won the bidding competition for the Host Europe Group, and the data center service provider Equinix has announced that they will be taking over 29 of Verizon’s data centers. “Both deals demonstrate the current trends in consolidation. This is the case in the Hosting sector, as well as in the area of Server-Housing/Colocation in data centers,” says Dr. Béla Waldhauser, Leader of the Datacenter Expert Group in eco – Association of the Internet Industry e. V. Continue reading

Five Questions on State Surveillance: Klaus Landefeld

We asked Klaus Landefeld, eco Director for Infrastructure & Networks five questions on the digital policy topic of the month: State Surveillance.

1.) Mr. Landefeld, how important are fundamental principles like freedom and openness for the Internet?

We claim that we are living in a free democratic basic order, in which privacy, the right to express our opinions, the rejection of censorship, and similar civil rights are seen as self-evident.

These principles should also apply for the Internet as a medium of communication: The safeguarding of the open Internet supports the freedom of information and opinion and guarantees diversity with regard to social concerns. Continue reading

State Surveillance Damaging Digitalization

  • Majority of Germans fear surveillance by secret services in the Internet
  • eco calls for the limitation of authority of secret services and the abolition – again – of blanket data retention
  • Digitalization as election campaign topic: eco starts new topic series and website www.eco-digitalpolitik.berlin
  • Online: Interview with Klaus Landefeld on surveillance

The trust in digital services has been – in particular through the revelations by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – enduringly shaken. 61 percent of Germans see their personal data in the Internet as not sufficiently protected against access by secret services, according to a representative survey carried out by market research institute YouGov on behalf of eco – Association of the Internet Industry e. V. in November 2016. Continue reading

eco Expects Massive Increase in Data Center Demand in 2017

Béla Waldhauser: “The demand will significantly exceed supply”

Dr. Béla Waldhauser, Leader of the Datacenter Expert group at eco –Association of the Internet Industry e.V., forecasts the major trends in the data center market in Frankfurt, Germany – the second largest data center market in Europe and, given its geographical borders, the densest data center environment in Europe – in 2017. His conclusion is that the demand for data center capacities will continue to grow strongly, so that providers will have a difficult time meeting it. Continue reading

Botnet Avalanche Taken Down

The eco Service botfree.eu provides tools and patches and gives hints on how to prevent future infections

In a large-scale, internationally coordinated botnet takedown, the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Verden and the Lüneburg Police in Germany, together with international partners, succeeded yesterday in taking down the Avalanche botnet. According to the German Federal Office of Information Security, however, it is still possible for criminals to regain control over the respective botnets at a later stage. Continue reading