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The Europe roundup: A public consultation on net neutrality

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, July 9 2010

  • EU | EU Commission launches public consultation on net neutrality

    The debate on net neutrality has grown in intensity over recent months – we will respond with a Commission communication after hearing your perspectives and hosting a summit with the European Parliament.

    The process will be as open as the internet! As already made clear, I will not support any public policy that may threaten freedom of expression. I am committed to an open and efficient internet where freedom can flourish. And I have also underlined that I am keen to promote transparency, innovation, fair competition and investment in new efficient and open networks.

    This is how Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has announced the public consultation on net neutrality and traffic management, launched by the European Commission.
    As reported by CIO: "The Commission wants feedback on possible technical and economic problems linked to the use of traffic management, which can be used by operators to prioritize one type of data traffic over others. It also wants to know whether the new regulatory framework can handle those problems, or if more regulation is needed."
    Service and content providers, consumers, businesses and researchers are all invited to respond to the consultation by September 30th.

  • UK | A Facebook spending challenge
    Mark Zuckerberg discussing with British Prime Minister David Cameron about the budget deficit? Something like that in this video:

    Facebook founder is bringing its own creature alongside the government in the Spending Challenge, the government initiative that asks citizen to give ideas to cut public spending. Looks like a start for an initiative aimed at saving money, says Cameron playfully.

  • UK | Building relations in public healthcare
    Patient Opinion, the British website that enables patients to share their experiences about health care,  has set up a new service for MPs, allowing them to be part of the process: "MPs will be able to sign up for alerts when comments are made from postcodes within their constituency or about hospitals and services they are interested in. They will also be able to post responses on the site, something that, until now, only health organisations have been able to do". Citizens will be enabled to create conversations with elected representatives and officials will have the chance to work with them focusing on the issues, an example of the new government’s Big Society approach, according to Paul Hodgkin, CEO and founder of Patient Opinion.
  • EU | The PEP-NET summit
    The PEP-NET Summit will take place in Hamburg next 23rd September 2010 bringing together public servants, politicians, grass-roots organisations and academics to share ideas and initiatives.
    Participation is free and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis... so, you'd better rush!

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