New EU Cyber Security Directive should focus on protection of truly critical infrastructure

The European Parliament’s vote from March 2014 correctly improved the scope of the Network and Information Directive by focusing on truly critical infrastructure such as the energy, banking, and transport sectors.  CCIA encourages the Council to maintain the same focus in their discussions.  We support the Council’s work and welcome the Italian Presidency’s goal of…

Goethe’s Ghost: A Few German Publishers Claim Online Services Have No Choice But to Show a Short Extract… And Pay For It

Can you infringe someone’s right by not infringing it? According to some German press publishers, this is precisely the case after Google’s announcement that it will no longer display snippets and thumbnails from content owned by publishers who are represented by VG Media, a collecting society. This follows the introduction of the Leistungsschutzrecht by the…

CCIA Joins Industry and Civil Society Groups In Joint Recommendations for the EU’s ITU Participation

Brussels – Since the Internet is such a critical platform for economic opportunity and social development, the EU should be a strong advocate for Internet governance that does not involve new governmental controls at the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan in October. Industry groups including the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) issued a statement today…

CCIA Offers Incoming European Commissioners Internet Industry Manifesto

Brussels – As the new Commissioners are interviewed by the European Parliament and prepare to take office and shape economic policy in line with their goals, the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s European office released its policy recommendations on how to leverage the Internet for maximum economic and social benefit. With the Internet now integrated…

European Commissioners for Internet Matters Named

Brussels — The European Commission’s incoming President Jean-Claude Juncker today announced how he would allocate portfolios among the 28 nominated Commissioners. Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip will be responsible for the Digital Single Market and Gunther Oettinger for Digital Economy and Society. The new Commission is expected to take office on 1st November 2014. The…