Posts about Neelie Kroes

Over the past few weeks, the debate on Internet regulation has once again been thrust into the media spotlight. Largely driven by political events in Europe, these debates have centred upon the rapid development of the Internet and the level of regulation required to effectively govern it. Indeed, it’s the whole question of governance and the comments made by President Sarkozy at the e-G8 that have brought this topic bubbling to the fore. President Sarkozy’s hard-line stance that governments need to be responsible for developing and enforcing stricter digital laws comes at a time when sensitivity on Internet freedom is still high. In his speech, Sarkozy stated that Internet companies have to know where the red line is.
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Barely days into the New Year and the flames surrounding the net neutrality debate have once again flared. There are few who will have missed the media furore this week over BT’s launch of its Content Connect service. A number of the UK’s national press and open access groups are calling this a breach of the basic principles of net neutrality and the first step towards a two-tier Internet.
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In a recent speech given to students at Erasmus University, Neelie Kroes issued a rallying call to Europe, imploring its citizens to build a new state, one founded on digital technology that can effectively drive society forward: lifting productivity, connecting people and improving daily life. Ms. Kroes wants us to leave the digital dark ages behind and create Europe 3.0.
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