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Cloud Computing – Get Involved Setting the Standards

  • Survey into Cloud standards and Cloud customer requirements being carried out by the CSC with the EC and ETSI
  • Cloud customers, large and small: Call for participation
  • Study to investigate needs, objectives, challenges and areas of concern in typical Cloud Computing scenarios

The Cloud Standards Coordination (CSC) is undertaking a survey on Cloud standards and Cloud customer requirements, in collaboration with the European Commission and the ETSI (European Telecommunication Standards Institute). The first phase of this study was completed and published in 2013. Phase 2 of the study, launched in February this year, mainly addresses Cloud Computing customers on the Cloud-related requirements and priorities, as well as assessing the maturity of Cloud Computing standards and evaluating how standards can support customer priorities. Continue reading

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Getting a Foothold in the German Market

Dorothea Wohn, from eco Member Development, explains the challenges and rewards of making business contacts in German industry.

Due to high rates of productivity and sustainable employment, Germany is attractive for many companies as a business location. And yet, there can be significant challenges for international companies trying to get a foothold in the German market.

Key to Germany’s economic success is the German Mittelstand with its multitude of small and medium-sized family-owned companies. These companies quietly make their name for being innovative and export-oriented, and maintaining excellent quality in a B2B environment. You will find a lot of hidden champions in Germany, operating in global niches especially in engineering and electro-technology. Continue reading

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eco Doubts Adequacy of Compromise on Blanket Data Retention

  • Guidelines attempt difficult balancing act between freedom and security
  • Central technical and legal questions remain unanswered
  • Uncertainty places burden on companies – now going into second round

The highly controversial Blanket Data Retention is coming: The German Federal Ministry for Justice and the Ministry for the Interior have come to an agreement regarding a proposal. Under the new nomenclature “Guidelines for the Introduction of an Obligation to Store Traffic Data and the Highest Storage Time Limits”, the difficult balancing act between freedom and security is being attempted. eco – Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. rejects the proposal on several grounds. Oliver Süme, Director of Policy and Law, remarks: “The guidelines are a lazy compromise. Despite reduced data, storage time limits and the requirement for a court decision, blanket data retention remains unfounded surveillance of the communication of citizens in the digital world. Both technical and legal questions remain unanswered and the uncertainty for companies is now going into the next round.” Continue reading

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Report: eco Dialog on the Future III – New Alignment of Internet Administration

International community driving transition

Berlin, 10.04.2015 – Who will, in what form, take over the supervision of the IANA functions from October 2015? The closer this date comes, the more intensive the discussion is becoming – after the US government announced at the beginning of last year their intention to withdraw from the supervision of ICANN and therefore also over the IANA functions. ICANN and eco invited participants to the third installment of the “Dialog on the Future”, in order to provide information on the current status. With more than 30 participants, the process of the IANA Stewardship Transition was discussed and analyzed intensively.

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eco Calls for a Thorough Debate on Privacy and Public Interest in the Information Age

  • eco Survey: Around half of German survey participants envisage applications for deletion through public authorities (36%) or courts (11%)
  • Search engine operators role as judge is problematic
  • eco publishes seven central discussion points on the Right to be Forgotten

Almost a year after the European Court’s (ECJ) decision on the so-called “Right to be Forgotten”, the majority of Internet users in Germany consider the judgment to be right. The ECJ verdict from 13 May 2014 obligates search engine operators to remove links to personalized content for the search index, if so desired by the affected person. Around 20 percent of respondents, however, see the danger of a possible negative impact on the freedom of information and opinions in the Internet. These are the findings of a representative survey carried out in Germany by the polling institute YouGov on behalf of eco – Association of the German Internet Industry. Most German users are not in agreement with the role that the ECJ assigned to search engine providers. Around 50 percent of those surveyed think it would be better if a public authority (36%) or a court (11%) were responsible for balancing the right to privacy and the interest of the public in gaining access to comprehensive information, and therefore in the end these institutions should be responsible for the decision about the deletion of a link. Continue reading