The Enabling Force of our Century

It is probably fair to say that most people would agree with the statement that the Internet has strongly transformed the ways people interact with each other in the cultural, economic, private, and social contexts. Given the comparatively young age of the Internet, at least in commercial terms as most people know it, it is…

Internet, innovation at the centre of major WTO event

The WTO public forum is perhaps the most visible result of the WTO’s revised public relations strategy following its tumultuous 1999 Ministerial Conference in Seattle. In recent years, it has become a major event in the international trade agenda as it transformed from a somewhat academic public outreach exercise to a well-attended ‘marketplace of ideas’ where industry, civil society and Governments discuss trade challenges in an open and constructive environment.

Why the Internet Governance debate is repetitive and what the UN could do about it

The past 10 years of the international Internet governance debate must have reminded some observers of the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” – the same protagonists making the same arguments in a seemingly perpetual cycle. On one side of the debate is a group of Western Governments and a large part of the international business and…

Notice-and-Action Procedures Coming Up in Europe

After closing a public consultation in September 2012, the Commission’s services responsible for the internal market have just sent the first drafts for a Directive on notice-and-action (N&A) procedures and a non-binding Communication on best practises into inter-service consultation. During the inter-service consultation other Commission services have the opportunity to comment on the draft proposals…