Big tech accountability? Read how we got here in  The Closing of the Net 

Host: Christofer Fjellner, MEP, EPP-ED,

Time: 14.00-17.00 August 27, 2008

Place: A3E-2, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels


Europe's legislative framework governing electronic communication technologies is currently undergoing a full scale review by lawmakers.

The European Parliament has put forward several amendments to the proposed directives with language that suggests the consideration of filtering mandates. One consequence could see Internet Service Providers (ISPs) controversially forced to apply filtering measures to prevent copyright infringement.

Policymakers have recognized that efforts to police copyright infringement must be balanced with other important values. The Swedish government made it clear that it would not support the denial of Internet services to consumers due to allegations of copyright infringement. In May 2008 the European Parliament deemed that automatic termination of subscribers would be a threat to the freedom of speech and right to information.

The provisions of the Telecoms Package related to network filtering potentially raise similar concerns. At this seminar on the Telecoms Package and network filtering we will explore the implications of filtering mandates for Europe's consumers and for the creative and technology industries as well as discuss potential unintended consequences for European innovation.

The seminar will focus on the following areas of discussion:

  • Protection of the innovation space - how might filtering of content effect innovation?
  • Growth of the creative and Internet economy in Europe: What could result from the suggested policy? What are the potential benefits? What are the costs?
  • Freedom of expression and right to information - how does a potential change affect consumer rights? Is there a risk that a filtering infrastructure enables political censorship? Are there any consumer benefits that outweigh the risks?

Tentative programme, speakers include:

Jon Karlung, CEO, Bahnhof AB, Sweden

Niels Huijbregts, Public Affairs, XS4ALL Internet bv, Netherlands

Monica Horten, University of Westminster, Communications and Media Research Institute, United Kingdom

Eddan Katz/ Gwen Hinze, Electronic Frontier Foundation, United States of America

Jeffrey Lawrence, Director Content Policy, Intel Corporation

Nuria Rodriguez Murillo, Legal Officer BEUC/ Levi Nietvelt, Economic Officer BEUC

Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.


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