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Internet freedom: Challenging the myth of the free anarchic playground

Maximilian Kall from the European Youth Press, representative of the European Youth Forum at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, spoke in workshop 92 “Challenging myths about young people and the Internet” about chilling effects to freedom of expression. I. The myth It is widely understood that young people regard the Internet as…

Why it’s not about the technology

From cyber-crime to cyber-safety, the Council of Europe has since long been leading policies and strategies to set the Internet Governance Agenda at the European Level. On Wednesday 28th September, all stakeholders interested in contributing to the Council of Europe 2012-2015 Internet Governance Strategy got together. The Meeting started with a very direct statement: Designing…

Does the youth factor count in Internet Governance?

Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum (YFJ), gave an input to Workshop #207 at the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi: “Is the youth factor counting in Internet Governance? And is IG affecting the Youth?” We document it here. Has the IGF had any impact on the Youth, what lessons did we learn in…

The Business of Human Rights: the Ping-Pong Game

Whose responsibility is it to decide whether a country has a free or repressive Internet?   A Ping-Pong play started this afternoon at the IGF workshop, named Corporate Responsibility and ICTs organized by the Global Network Initiative. Businesses were keen to defend their position in regards to recent/not so recent Internet Censorship issues. Two interventions…

Future Digital Economy: let’s go beyond traditional models

Is there a lack of entrepreneurship spirit in Europe ? was one of the first questions raised in Workshop 19 on the Future Digital Economy. Regularly, when talking about European digital entrepreneurs, comparison is made with United States’ Silicon Valley, which stands then as an important role model to follow. However this time it was…

A Digital Agenda for a future Digital Europe ?

What a better venue to debate new technologies than in the middle of 2nd World War aircrafts, cars and weapons? Gathered at the Autoworld Centre in Brussels from 16th to 17th June, together with around 1300 participants, we attended the first ever European Digital Agenda Assembly. Envisioned as “Europe’s strategy for a flourishing digital economy…