Cloud Computing and the Looming Global Privacy Battle by Michael Chertoff in The Washington Post. Chertoff warns in compelling terms that new privacy rules in Europe could have an unintended effect by preventing Europeans from using global cloud computing facilities. Maintaining transatlantic "interoperability" on data flows is seen as vital in stimulating economic growth in Europe (and the U.S.). Recommended by European Affairs. (2/15)
By Zachary Laven --- European Affairs editorial assistant
The European Commission’s proposal for a sweeping overhaul of rules protecting individuals’ privacy in on-line data was unveiled Wednesday as a modernizing step that could reassure users and streamline procedures for companies in this complex new legal and technical environment.
The top European official dealing with internet matters spoke out publicly against Congressional draft bills penalizing websites for pirating movies as “bad legislation.” Her statement, via Twitter, reflected what her spokesman said was “concern about peoples’ access to the internet.”
On November 2, 2011, The European Institute hosted a luncheon discussion with Chris Fonteijn, Chairman of Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Mr. Fonteijn presented the regulatory challenges that both BEREC and Member States must tackle in order to achieve the Digital Single Market, as well as his perspective on BEREC's 2012 work program and the prospects for transatlantic cooperation on the Digital Agenda. Chris Boam, Director, International Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy at Verizon Communications moderated the discussion.
In the space of half a generation, the Internet has become one of the most important mechanisms on the planet. Every human being, whether aware of it or not, depends upon it for material well being and for broader, non-economic benefits in social, cultural, political, and other realms.The Internet’s unprecedented growth is not the only unusual thing about it.
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