What influence is COVID-19 having on the Internet industry? How is the sector currently handling the crisis and what expactations do companies have for their business development for this year and next year? To develop a differentiated understanding of the mood of our sector, eco has started an industry survey “Corona and the Internet industry”. The results will help the Association of the Internet Industry to formulate appropriate messaging for politics and the media, as well as to tailor our association offer better to the current situation.
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