UN Resolution on surveillance a good start, but 5-eyes countries prevent it from being great

The world’s highest and most diverse political body has finally reacted to this summer’s revelations of mass Government surveillance programs. Last week, a subcommittee of the UN General Assembly (GA) adopted a resolution on “The right to privacy in the digital age”, which contains a strongly worded condemnation of online surveillance. The resolution, which can…

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…

Studies Show Increasing Economic Value Of Internet Across Europe

Brussels – The Computer & Communications Industry Association has compiled a series of studies and case studies that seek to provide a broader answer to the increasingly asked questions of who reaps the economic benefits of the Internet. While an often cited McKinsey economic study noted that 75 percent of the Internet’s benefits went to…

CCIA Endorses International Effort Seeking Better Standards Setting

Geneva – A need for better efficiency in global standards has led five global organizations to launch an initiative supporting the modern paradigm for global open standards. With their initiative “Open-Stand.org,” groups including founders IEEE, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have established a jointly developed set…

CCIA Welcomes European Commission’s Plan For Telecom Market Reforms

Brussels – The European Commission has proposed its long-awaited telecommunications reforms Wednesday evening, designed to bring simpler rules for telecom companies offering service throughout Europe and giving consumers more rights to reach the platforms and content of their choice on the Internet. The Computer & Communications Industry Association today praised the proposal as it creates…

New Research Shows High Bandwidth Online Services Create Demand for Faster, More Expensive, Broadband

Brussels – The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), the international organisation for the Internet industries, is today releasing two studies about the 21st century consumer and broadband. These precede the likely adoption of a Regulation on telecommunications by the European Commission next week. First, a survey of 934 consumers in Italy, France and Germany…