[FSFE PR][EN] EU jeopardises its own goals in standardisation with FRAND licensingOn 19 April, the European Commission published a communication on “ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market”  ( hereinafter ‘the Communication’ ). The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy  intends to digitise industries with several legislative and political initiatives, and the Communication is a part of it covering standardisation. In general, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) welcomes the Communication’s plausible approach for integrating Free Software and Open Standards  into standardisation but expresses its concerns about the lack of understanding of ne cessary prerequisites to pursue that direction. EU Acknowledging the importance of Free Software weiterlesen →
Data protection frameworks must be compatible with international data flows for developing countries to benefit from the global digital economy.
National and regional legal frameworks that protect data in the ever-expanding digital economy are often outdated, incompatible or missing, UNCTAD has found. This will store up problems for the future integration of developing countries into the global economy and threaten the amazing benefits they could derive from cross-border e-commerce.
[ PM Free Software Foundation Europe – FSFE ] 23 organisations including the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) joined up in proposing measures to EU institutions and EU member states to avoid negative implications on users’ rights and Free Software imposed by the EU Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU. Joint Statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive weiterlesen →
[PM] freepress.net . There was a long and hard for real Net Neutrality protections in the United States. Now, Europe is facing a new threat to the open Internet. The European Commission and European Council want to adopt a rule that they claim protects online openness. But there’s a problem: The proposed rule would allow Internet providers to create fast lanes for companies they like and slow ones for everyone else.
If passed as is the ruling would allow providers to discriminate between different types of customers and different types of online content. Only companies that can afford to pay more would have easy access to Internet users — killing the openness that is the lifeblood of the Internet.
The ruling is the result of a bad corporate compromise that fails to protect Internet users from online filtering and censorship. It hands far too much power to the handful of private companies that control access while threatening every user’s rights to connect and communicate.
To fix the rule Free Press’ allies in Europe have created an action page at savetheinternet.eu. But time is running out.
Gutachten der Monopolkommission springt in Sachen Digitaler Infrastrukturkonzern Google zu kurz. “Europa hängt am Google-Tropf” – und trotz 96% Marktanteil (Comscore 2013) schaut die deutsche Monopolkommission einfach nur zu, so die Initiative Open Web Index. “Gut, dass die Monopolkommission sich mit dem Thema auseinandergesetzt hat; schlecht, dass sie dabei zu kurz gesprungen ist”, kommentiert der Hamburger Hochschulprofessor Dr. Dirk Lewandowski, Sprecher der Initiative, das Gutachten. Europa hängt am Google -Tropf weiterlesen →