Scrapped Indian internet law is big win for freedom of speech online

India’s Supreme Court today, March 24, vetoed a controversial 2009 amendment to India’s Information Technology Act.  The court found it unconstitutional as a restriction on freedom of speech online. The amendment made posting information on social media of “grossly offensive or menacing character” punishable by up to three years in jail. The law was challenged…

“Internet Opportunity” Report Charts Europe’s Productivity Gains

Brussels –The Internet is helping traditional industries in Europe remain competitive, according to a new report released by the  Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and EDiMA Wednesday. The paper “The Internet – the New Helping the Old” helps quantify the Internet’s role in the economy as an enabler of other industries. Report author Brian…

Digital is dead, long live digital!

We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in which our societies have become ever more digitized.  In consequence, we can no longer consider “digital” a separate phenomenon that must be addressed differently by policy-makers.  Instead, we must embrace digital to obtain all benefits from this historic Internet opportunity. Have you ever asked…

CCIA, Stakeholders Praise European Parliament’s Resolution Supporting the Internet Governance Forum and Online Freedoms

Brussels/Strasbourg — As the Internet faces threats from some regimes, which seek curb online freedoms and more governmental control, the European Parliament has today issued an important resolution in support of the open Internet, online rights, and an extension of the Internet Governance Forum’s mandate. A broad coalition of civil society and the Internet industry in Europe…

Internet Policy in the EU: An Outlook for 2015

The year 2015 promises to be a busy year for EU policymakers. The President of the new European Commission has made digital policy a priority. In EU-parlance, the aim is to create a fully integrated Digital Single Market which the Commission estimates could generate up to EUR 250 billion additional growth. However, what sounds like…

Google News Is Shutting Down in Spain – A Bad Day For Citizens, Online Innovation and Publishers Themselves

Today we learnt that Google will shut down its ‘Google News’ service this year in Spain. This is just one consequence of the introduction in Spain of an ancillary copyright levy (known as the ‘AEDE levy’) affecting online services (apps and websites). In a nutshell, if an online service uses short snippets to link to…