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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.

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.

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.

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


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?

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.

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



Telecom Italia (hereafter TI) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the informal consultation on the role of Europe in Internet governance.


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.

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?

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".

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?

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.


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.

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 institutio

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

National experience in a global context

Bulgaria has one of the most liberal and Internet-friendly laws, which date as back as 1999, after the case at the Supreme Administrative Court, which the Internet Society - Bulgaria filed against the attempt of the government to introduce licensing and registration for Internet Service Providers. This is a document, submitted by the Ministry of Transport, IT and Communications to the ITU Plenipotentiary meeting in 2010, and could be used as a good example in the current discussion.