Press Release

6.6.2014

EuroDIG Internet conference to assess privacy versus freedom of expression

Strasbourg, 06.06.2014 – Over 600 participants will attend an internet conference to assess the balance between privacy rights and free expression at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) in Berlin from 12-13 June.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will open the conference, which will take place at the German Foreign Office and hosted by the Association of the German Internet Industry (ECO).

The Council of Europe will be an integral part of the conference, having recently published a human rights guide for Internet use that covers freedom of expression and information, freedom of assembly and privacy and data protection. A German translation will be made available in Berlin.

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, will be part of an opening panel to assess a “roadmap” for Internet governance.

Participants will include stakeholders from industry, governments, academia and civil society such as Stefan Kapferer, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of ICANN and Kathy Brown, President and CEO of ISOC.

Who to administer Internet’s address book?

The conference will address the future organization of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which is a department of ICANN, responsible for Internet administration and the allocation of names and numbers on the Internet. The U.S. Department of Commerce plans to relinquish this role in managing the internet’s address system, preferably by September 2015.

A recent survey of 1,000 Internet users aged 18 to 65 from Germany by the public opinion research institute TNS Emnid for eco found that a majority of Internet users (around 40 percent) would like the EU to take more responsibility for “Internet governance”. Some 35 percent would like international organizations like the United Nations to be more involved.

In the closing session on Friday, an outlook for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul in September will be communicated.
Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, Media officer/Spokesperson, Mobile +33 698 37 6404 / @PanosCOE / @_eurodig


8. April 2014

Who should control the Internet?

This will be the question on everybody’s lips in June, at the annual EuroDIG event – the European Dialogue on Internet Governance. Oliver Süme, President of the EuroISPA association and Director of Policy and Law at eco, explains Internet Governance ...listen to the eco podcast


3. April 2014

EuroDIG 2014 in Berlin: Registration for the European Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Internet Governance Now Possible

  • Public participation in the agenda setting on the EuroDIG wiki: Anyone can participate!
  • eco survey: One third of all Internet users see the responsibility for Internet Governance as also residing with themselves personally
  • eco Guidelines paper calls for the expansion of established Internet Governance structures and the continuation and strengthening of the multi-stakeholder approach

On 12 and 13 June 2014, this year’s EuroDIG – the European Dialogue on Internet Governance – will be taking place in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics. Registrations are now possible online, until 6 June 2014. It pays to be quick – the number of participants for EuroDIG this year is limited to 800. The Association of the German Internet Industry, eco is the host of EuroDIG this year.

The European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) is one of the most important Internet events at the European level, where stakeholders from industry, governments, academia and the civil society can exchange ideas on the future shaping of the Internet. In Berlin, the 2014 event is running under the slogan of “Digital society at stake – Europe and the future of the Internet”.

New this year is the possibility for the general public to be involved in the development of the program using a specially established wiki. On the EuroDIG wiki, anyone can contribute to it by drawing up or bringing topic clusters into focus, or by becoming involved in one of the organizing teams.

The results of EuroDIG will influence, among other things, the international Internet Governance Forum, which will take place in Istanbul from 2 to 5 September 2014.

eco survey confirms high social relevance of Internet Governance

The hottest question being discussed in the context of the current international Internet Governance negotiations is about the future organization of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). IANA is a department of ICANN, responsible for Internet administration and in particular responsible for the allocation of names and numbers in the Internet. This control function is currently still being undertaken by the USA, who, however, have announced that they will be withdrawing from the role in September 2015.

The majority of Internet users (around 40 percent) are of the opinion that the EU should be taking on considerably more responsibility for Internet Governance. This is closely followed by international organizations like the United Nations (UN), which 35 percent of users would like to see more strongly involved in Internet administration. These are results from a new representative survey carried out by the public opinion research institute TNS Emnid for eco – the Association of the German Internet Industry e.V., in which one thousand Internet users aged 18 to 65 from throughout Germany were questioned. One third of the respondents see users themselves as having a direct responsibility for Internet Governance.

These opinions support the expansion of a strong multi-stakeholder model for Internet administration, as is also called for by eco in the recently published Guidelines Paper on Internet Governance: “The multi-stakeholder approach must be strengthened and must not be allowed to develop into a secret clique. Only the active participation of all interest groups in this dialogue can lead to harmonized results at the European level, which can then influence the global dialogue,” said eco Chairman of the Board Prof. Michael Rotert.

The eco Guidelines on Internet Governance are available online and can be downloaded here.

The event will be webcast on www.eurodig.org

 

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