On 26 November 2020, the eco Association once again presented one of the most prestigious awards in the Internet industry. In six award categories, a jury of experts with representatives from business, science, research or politics selected the best submissions, and an additional award was granted to an inspiring female specialist and manager, Agnes Heftberger, Managing Director of IBM Germany.
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As the Corona pandemic continues, many countries are now re-imposing different levels of lockdown, forcing many enterprises to continually rethink their whole business model, and moving their offerings online. Many have now upgraded and tested their technology infrastructure at a much faster speed than in normal circumstances. Video conference traffic has more than doubled at many DE-CIX exchanges, and the adoption of digital tools has surged, putting focus also on how enterprises are interconnected. In DE-CIX's white paper, "How interconnection drives the digital transformation of enterprises", you will find a deep dive into this topic of interconnection.
Transparency creates trust. As such, for many years now, the eco Complaints Office has been reporting transparently on its working approach and its achievements in the fight against illegal content on the internet. For the year 2020 we have also compiled an independent eco Complaints Office Annual Report, which we will present on 13 April 2021 alongside Prof. Dr. Christian Kastrop, State Secretary at the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection.
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With the data volume growing exponentially in these times, network operators in Germany find themselves at a distinct competitive disadvantage, with electricity costs being four times higher than in other European countries. The Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany therefore calls for the EEG levy for data centers to now be lifted.
Cyber criminals are on a roll at the moment, with many successful phishing attacks being launched via corona-related domains. These criminals are putting companies and health care facilities at risk. The eco Association and the eco member SoSafe offer organizations tips on how to protect themselves against such attacks.
“Remote work is easier than you think, you just need up-to-date technology and the courage to adapt,” says Detlev Artelt, eco topic expert for remote working and author and editor of numerous publications on the topic. Artelt suggests five simple steps to provide practical assistance to SMEs looking at introducing remote work in light of COVID-19.
In a recent online netTALK hosted by eco, Thomas Jarzombek, German Commissioner for the Digital Economy & Start-ups, spoke of how the coronavirus is triggering a “fresh start for digitalization,” and explained why it is particularly important to achieve digital self-determination in times of crisis.
Beyond, of course, the health consequences and the impact on public life, the worldwide spread of COVID-19 means that many people are now staying put at home. This also has an impact on Internet use: With 9.1 Terabit data per second, the Frankfurt Internet exchange DE-CIX set a new world record on 10 March.
Around a third of the German workforce (32.6 percent) say that, in the near future, they will increasingly use videoconferencing communicate with customers and colleagues. Over 20 percent want to use more tools for online project work in teams. Around 10 percent are increasingly opting for digital training and education.