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European Union Tech Policy

I have been logging EU policy since 2008. The information in these blog posts is deep background on the policy battles of the 2020s. What happens now, rests on what went before.

It's often easy to forget the history of policy, as we get embroiled in the latest lobbying scam or arguments between different sets of interests. It all seems new, and so urgent and important. In fact, many of the battles are re-runs of earlier ones. We've seen before how these things get resolved. We also see the mistakes of the previous legislation, as well as the successes.

What the European Union does in tech policy matters on a global scale. It has led the world with its legislation on privacy (GDPR). It is now hoping to repeat that with new laws to regulate Internet platforms. In that regard, the jury is still out.

As a guide to my somewhat eclectic headings, the sub-section IPRED discusses the IPR enforcement directive and other IP or copyright initiatives. The sub-section on Internet Threats looks at any EU policy initiatives other than copyright which imply Internet blocking. The sub-section on Internet Freedoms has a focus on rights and freedoms and the European Convention on Human Rights.

If you are interested in EU policy for IP, you may like my book The Closing of the Net which discusses it in the light of influencing factors by States and industry stakeholders.

If you are interested in copyright policy, you may like my previous books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the 'Telecoms Package'

Iptegrity wishes all readers a very Happy New Year!

2012 was a tumultuous year for copyright policy. Political support for the copyright industries overturned by a push-back from citizen interests, who got thousands out on the streets in protest. What effect will it have on EU policy?

Read more: Happy New Year 2013 - a change of tune for copyright?

Can Steely Neelie force change onto the film industry?

Earlier this week the EU played host to exclusive talks with the film and Internet industries, intended to re-shape the film industry business model for the Internet. The talks, which took place in the south of France, behind closed doors, and well away from prying eyes, had a guest list that included the great and the good of the European film and Internet industries. These distinguished guests will get the first cut at a new piece of EU law for films on the 'Net.

Read more: EU hosts private talks on new film business models

Mere conduit and liability exemptions for hosting companies are under threat with the E-commerce directive review.

The European Commission review of the E-commerce directive closes this week. The review is a standard part of the policy process. What's non-standard is how the Commission is turning the focus of the Review in favour of corporate lobbyists.

Read more: E-commerce directive review - what is a clean Internet?

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I am an  independent policy advisor: online safety, technology and human rights. In April 2024, I was appointed as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on online safety and empowerment of content creators and users. I am a published author, and post-doctoral scholar. I hold a PhD from the University of Westminster, and a DipM from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I cover the UK and EU. I'm a former tech journalist, and an experienced panelist and Chair. My media credits include the BBC, iNews, Times, Guardian and Politico.

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The politics of copyright

A Copyright Masquerade - How corporate lobbying threatens online freedoms

'timely and provocative' Entertainment Law Review