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Europe & the Internet in a global context


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I am very happy to be part of this group. Let me introduce myself: my name is Bianca Clemente and I live in Naples. It 'was a fluke that I have launched the account on the site of Europe but I'm glad I did. I work in journalism and communications, I also have other evidence of specialization. I hope I can contribute in my small way to form a good Europe. Greetings to all

The transition to globalization

The transition to globalization becomes an even more critical point of globalization itself .

Feedback report on the online consultation "Europe and the Internet in a global context – what future, what challenges ahead?"

The feedback report on the online consultation that the Commission ran from 9 October to 8 November 2013 on "Europe and the Internet in a global context – what future, what challenges ahead?" is now available. In a blog post, Vice President and Commissioner Neelie Kroes invited readers to express their views on the future of Internet governance (IG) and on Europe's role in international IG.

Deutsche Telekom's Response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Internet Governance

Deutsche Telekom welcomes the European Commission’s consultation on Internet governance and the opportunity to respond to the questions raised in this context. It were not only the recent revelations of massive data interception and storage by some national intelligence services which underline the pressing need to have a closer look at the current Internet governance system.

Response from the Danish Government to the online consultation on Internet governance

Denmark appreciates the opportunity to set forth our views on the future of Internet governance at this critical juncture in Internet governance history. The growing demand for legitimate and sustainable solutions to the current and future challenges of Internet governance makes the status quo fragile and necessitates careful consideration and extensive multi-stakeholder dialogue before commitment to common approaches are made.

AmCham EU's Response to the European Commission Consultation on Internet Governance

Is there a need to move toward one global principle based framework? The Internet and the investment that makes it possible are thriving today because it has been governed under a multi-stakeholder model, which creates an environment that allows for rapid growth and innovation without centralised control or global regulation.


The Internet Corporation on Assigned Names and Numbers is honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to this important dialogue. Governance of the Internet • Is there a need to move toward one global principle-based framework? The world agreed on one global principle-based framework – the ‘Tunis Agenda’ – through the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). This has proved to be a robust framework and has acted as the basis for the global debate on Internet governance.

CENTR Board Comment - Europe and the Internet in a global context

CENTR is the European association for country code top-level domain registries (ccTLDs). A ccTLD registry is responsible for the administration of its country’s country code on the Internet, such as .de for Germany, .es for Spain.

European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) Response to the online discussion "Europea and the Internet in a global Context"

ETNO welcomes the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s consultation on Internet Governance, entitled Europe and the Internet in a global context – What future, what challenges ahead? We include below our responses to the questions posed within the online consultation document. QUESTION 1: Is there a need to move toward one global principle-based framework?

European Digital Rights (EDRI) Response to the “European and the Internet in a global context” consultation

Are we on the right track towards a system of governance on an equal footing? It depends on who is meant by “we” in this question. The European Commission, for instance, still has a long way to go with regard to establishing meaningful multi-stakeholder processes on an equal footing when it comes to Internet policy issues. See our criteria under point 5 below.

Telecom Italia’s Response to the Consultation of the European Commission on the Role of Europe in Internet Governance.

INTRODUCTION Telecom Italia (hereafter TI) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the informal consultation on the role of Europe in Internet governance. Internet is today at the center of the economic activity and social life of enterprises and citizens.

Orange’s contribution to the European Commission’s Consultation "Europe and the Internet in a global context – What future, what challenges ahead?"

1. Governance of the Internet • Is there a need to move toward one global principle-based framework All those principles proposals have recognized Internet as an engine for economic growth, social and cultural development as well as a powerful platform for the expression and exchange of knowledge and information. In order to preserve those crucial benefits, avoiding fragmentation of Internet (so-called Balkanization, i.e.


Following the request for comments issued by the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda on 9th October, 2013, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) submits the following comments on Internet Governance. These comments respond to selected questions identified in the consultation, albeit in no particular order. Introduction The Internet is the defining phenomenon of our times.

Nominet initial comments on Europe and the Internet in a global context – What future, what challenges ahead?

Nominet is the Internet domain name registry for .uk. We welcome this consultation and look forward to the developing discussion. As an initial draft input of ideas in response to the questions, I would like to contribute the following thoughts: Governance of the Internet • Is there a need to move toward one global principle-based framework? We would welcome the development of a coherent set of international principles for the Internet.

Microsoft response to European Commission consultation on “Europe and the Internet in a global context - What future, what challenges ahead?”

Microsoft response - Executive Summary The keys to the Internet’s success have been three fold: (1) the fact that the Internet is global, open and enables a free flow of information; (2) there is increasing worldwide digital inclusion and empowerment; and (3) innovation has thrived, resulting in astounding geographic expansion of the Internet and related economic growth and social progress.

No one model, but one common issue and a suitable forum in 2014

Do you think that the current multi-stakeholder model has enough legitimacy – both regarding process and stakeholders - given the fundamental impact of the Internet on our societies? There is no single "current multi-stakeholder model". There are a variety of Internet governance institutions all describing themselves as multi-stakeholder, but with quite different (and by no means equal) approaches to implementing multi-stakeholderism.

Google contribution to the Commission consultation on Internet governance

Governance of the Internet 1. Is there a need to move toward one global principle-based framework? At Google, we believe that stakeholders should strive for alignment on a global framework, but that a mandate for a unitary global framework for Internet governance is unnecessary and holds the potential to limit free flow of data and information online.

Chair of Advisory board in St.Petersburg business angels network

To grow productivity EU people needs free or cheap access to the Internet, like US people have in Philadelphia and other cities. Particularly free WiFi spots is just rare possibility in the most of EU countries, especially south ones. It has to be changed quickly, because if people ready to work or learn in any place (cafe/airport/hotel/university) they have to have this possibility and don't pay for just expensive and slow mobile (cell) connections.


My thoughts are that: 1) Internet is becoming an integral part of our lives. The distinction between digital and analog is disappearing fast. So policy has to start reflecting this. 2) the internet truly has no borders. All decisions made about the internet and devices, software, etc. are made outside of politics, not reflecting any borders. The last persons on earth thinking about borders concerning the internet seem to be politicians.

Digital grassroots engagement in Europe?

Digital grassroots engagement in Europe - do you think that's still a myth? Do you think there are successful examples of digital campaigns or other initiatives enabling this process of participation?

Multistakeholderism in Internet Governance (IG)

This topic doesn't seem to have attracted too much of this community's attention although strands of it have surfaced in some of the postings. The notion of multistakeholderism (as a form of deliberative democracy it was suggested in one of the postings) is central to IG, to my understanding covering both the process and the more institutional form of representation. No procedures are implicit in it other than it being open, transparent, balanced, inclusive & accountable.

Internet Law & Policy

Due to mass surveillance operations recently reveled, I believe that the real question is not whether the international community is heading to a global principle-based framework but how the international community is planning to regulate the Internet and most importantly what Europe's role will be. Truth is that, being a powerful economic engine and a positive social force, the Internet has become a powerful tool and its positive or negative use depends on the user.

Looking at new IG Basics and new Instruments to make IG work

Dear Friends NPOC, the ICANN Non Commercial User Constituency together with GKPF, the Global Knowledge Partnership Foundations,and other organizations involved in IG have developed a number of documents that seem to be very relevant to the discussion here. I do not want to put all the documents here, but I would like to present part of one document that addresses the new IG Basics and the need for an new Instrument to support the Internet Ecosystem as a whole: the I-Engage Institute.

The future of the Internet as a legal space

Another key issue from the Discussion Paper we'd like to debate is the Internet as a legal space. The Internet poses a series of unresolved challenges for the application of law based on national jurisdictions or international law. Moreover, many activitires on the Internet are increasingly governed by contractual arrangements between private companies and users on the Internet and create conflicts between local law and private norms and requirements.

What should the architecture of the Internet look like?

Another issue of the Discussion Paper that we would like to debate is the architecture of the Internet. Do calls to withdraw inside national Internet borders or diversification of physical infrastructure in response to events this summer - which have made everybody aware of the power of what can be done with the internet - pose a risk to the 'One Internet' principle?

How to ensure a genuine multi-stakeholder approach?

I'd like to launch a discussion on another very relevant issue of internet governance which is mentioned in the Discussion Paper : the multi-stakeholder model through which the internet is governed. The diversity and balance of interests in this model have been crucial for the success of the internet. But it has also been criticised for not being inclusive and transparent enough.

What next for Internet Governance?

I'd like to start off the discussion on the first item of the Discussion Paper , namely some key questions around Internet Governance: Is there a need to move toward one global principle-based framework? Are we on the right track towards a system of governance on an equal footing? Does the process of internationalisation of ICANN go far enough? How can a move from unilateral to multilateral accountability be realised? How do you see the role of governments within the GAC?

National experience in a global context

The questions about governing the Internet has been solved in Bulgaria, and as chairman of the Internet Society (, I am happy to share the following: 1. Governments (since 1999) have worked in cooperation and coordination with the civil society, businesses, and academia, in order to provide Internet-friendly legislation about governing the Internet. 2.
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Cristina MARTINEZ GONZALEZ European Commission DG CONNECT/02 Head of Sector 'Integration of Regulation, Policy and Research"
Vessela KARLOUKOVSKA European Commission, DG CONNECT Stakeholders Unit Policy officer
Prabhat AGARWAL European Commission DG CONNECT Policy Officer
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