If you do not see a policeman outside of your door, you are looking out of the wrong window. Read this scholarly essay as an analogy of privacy violations.
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According to the fourth edition of the eGovernment Monitor, released on November 28, the number of users of eGovernment services in Sweden in 2013 was 53 percent, compared to 70 percent in 2012. On average, the decline in all monitored countries was as high as 8 percent.
The increasing complexity of cloud services has created the opportunity for a new business model: Cloud Services Brokerage. The answer to the interest in policy-aware cloud-solutions is choice, argues Claus Schaale (Cisco) in his guest post for the Internet Policy Review.
The new European public sector information directive, released in June 2013, makes “marginal cost” the default charge for government data. How to implement this principle? A consultation is ongoing. This article focusses on the calculation criteria for marginal costs.
After a first on Slovenia, here is our second in our series on internet policy innovation in small European countries. Finns are moving fast and experimenting with crowdsourced legislation.
A new expert group on cloud computing is to ensure trust in the internet cloud. In the meantime, users can already find privacy-enhanced cloud offers.
Civil disobedience is a familiar and well established phenomenon in Western societies. Currently, this concept of political action is challenged by new practices evolving on and around the internet. This paper focusses on the question of whether several forms of digital civil disobedience are legitimate.
Technical standardisation is caught up in politics. At the 88th IETF meeting starting today in Vancouver engineers discuss reactions to mass surveillance.
Currently dominant cloud services raise challenges in terms of security, privacy and user autonomy. Decentralisation, advocated by civil society, may overcome some of the drawbacks.
Just a week ago, the first new TLDs were pushed to the root zone of the internet. Just in time for the Munich Conference on New Top-Level Domains 2013. But what do all the new names on the net impact?
Access to the net, while a core topic of the Internet Governance Forum, has seen more reporting than big visionary pictures. Universal access remains a huge challenge.
The European Civil Liberties Committee LIBE is pushing the EU data protection regulation draft forward. Yet, many compromises are made along the way, leaving Europeans wondering who will be the good, the bad and the ugly in the data protection saga.
Changes in the internet's architectural design affect the repartition of competences and responsibilities between service providers, content producers, users and network operators. This article outlines the dialectic between centralised and distributed architectures, institutions and practices, and how they mutually affect each other.
The Bali Internet Governance Forum is the first IGF since Edward Snowden has made revelations about the United States National Security Agency's spying activities. It's face off time, many believe.
"Did I leave the light on when leaving the house?" 5 kilometres from home, Nathalie Trenaman finds the answer to her question via her mobile phone. In her spare time, she implemented the IPv6 protocol onto home devices to try to figure out if IPv6 is the driver behind the Internet of Things?
The revelations of Edward Snowden have created a sense of urgency to finalise the future framework for protecting privacy and personal data in the European Union. But how far has it progressed?
European countries' welfare increasingly depends on the services of the information society. This comes along with a price tag: continued increase of the cyber threat spectrum. Despite the need for coordinated efforts in cyber security, Europe lacks of common understanding.
Routing security sounds like a nice idea, yet in "post Snowden" times the trust in centralised core resources has vanished even more. Internet adminstrators warn against fragmentation, while at the same time making use of one tool that could go in that direction: the RPKI system.
Whistleblower protection and clear limits to state secrets should be the rule, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided on October 2. Yet from recommendations to implementation and effective protection it is a long way to go.
The system of national collecting societies provided a relatively stable framework for licensing musical works – until the internet changed the field of music distribution. The GEMA-Youtube case serves as a starting point to discuss the future of collective copyright management.