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19. April 2016

Contribution to EU consultation “Next Generation Internet”

The European Commission in its Next Generation Internet Survey had asked what the Internet would look like in 2025 and what research is required to get there. Articles on this survey on, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Heise News.

Below is my brief contribution to the survey. I have not yet received an acknowledgement of receipt, nor have my questions been answered whether the results of the survey will be published and how they will be used to inform EU research priorities. Answeres will follow as they are received.

Dr. Volker Grassmuck, media sociologist, Berlin

via webform at
— as PDF

Berlin, den 10.04.2016
Bez.: EU Survey „Next Generation Internet“

Dear ladies and sirs,

I welcome the opportunity by The Net Futures Directorate to express my opinion on research priorities with respect to the further development of the Internet. (more…)

8. April 2016

UPDATE: EU-Konsultation „Next Generation Internet“: Wie soll das Internet 2025 aussehen und welche Forschung braucht es dafür?


— Der Konsultationstext ist noch vor 24 Uhr am 10. April von der Site der Europäischen Kommission verschwunden und jetzt in der WayBackMachine nachzulesen. —

„Europa ist Nachzügler im Digitalen.“ So beginnt die Problembeschreibung der Konsultation. Die Europäischer Kommission möchte daher ihre Vision von der Zukunft des Internet erneuern. Dazu führt die Direktion Netzzukunft unter Günther Oettingers Generaldirektion Connect eine Konsultation durch, die noch bis zum 10. April 2016 offen ist. Eine Chance für die Netzgemeinde dazu beizutragen, dass 750 Millionen Euro Forschungsförderung das offene Internet stärken. (more…)

18. April 2015

Anti-TTIP Global Day of Action, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 18.04.2015

StartbildToday was the Global Action Day to Defeat Free Trade and Investment Treaties. More than 1000 actions took place across the planet. Berlin’s largest event was a human chain from Potsdamer Platz to the Brandenburg Gate in which more than 4000 people participated.

There are a number of Free Trade and Investment Treaties brewing — CETA, TPP, TiSA and most prominently TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Merkel und Juncker have put concluding TTIP in 2015 on top of their agenda.

Negotiations between EU and US started in 2013 on condition that culture and media be excluded. Near the supposed end of the negotiations, it seems that the fears most of us had from the beginning come true and digital culture is coming back in the form of „audiovisual goods and services”.

Here some materials on this, alas mostly in German.

18. Januar 2012

No Disconnect! SOPA dead … for now.

Filed under: Call for Action,English,News — Schlagwörter: , , — vg @ 21:35

12-01-18_SOPA-Blackout-WikipediaThree days before a protest blackout of major Internet sites including Wikipedia, SOPA’s main sponsor Eric Cantor announced that he will stop to move the bill forward … unless there is consensus.

While Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda launched Europe’s “No Disconnect Strategy”, the USA driven by the mighty culture industry was set to go the opposite way. First in 2010 there was COICA, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which failed and was re-written as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the US Senate in 2011. In October 2011, it was followed by the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives. All of them were intended to make US service providers like domain name registrars, advertising and payment providers stop servicing alleged copyright infringing sites abroad. Search engines, social networking platforms, cloud storage providers, universities and other institutions would also have come under pressure to monitor and filter Internet activities of their users.


13. September 2011

The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

The multi-stakeholder Global Congress, convened in Washington, DC on 25-27 August 2011, issued The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. A powerful statement for the public welfare purposes, such as education and health, that all legal protection of immaterial creations and inventions serves. Read, discuss and sign the Declaration here. Point to it. Make it come alive in your daily policy work. (more…)

9. September 2011

Demonstration “Freiheit statt Angst” 2011 in Berlin [Update]

Filed under: Call for Action,Deutsch,News,photo — Schlagwörter: , , , — vg @ 15:14


Ein breites gesellschaftliches Bündnis ruft zur Demonstration für Freiheitsrechte, für einen modernen Datenschutz und für ein freies Internet auf.

  • Termin: 10. September 2011
  • Auftakt: 13 Uhr, Pariser Platz am Brandenburger Tor
  • Kundgebung: 14 Uhr, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße am Alexanderplatz

Unterschreibe die Online-Petition gegen die Wiedereinführung der Vorratsdatenspeicherung! Bis Mittwoch, 14. September, müssen die nötigen 50.000 Mitzeichner zusammenkommen.

IMG_1681 (more…)

26. Juli 2011

Access to Knowledge! Freedom to Aaron Swartz!

Filed under: Call for Action,English — Schlagwörter: , — vg @ 18:45

support_aaron-200bActivist and programmer Aaron Swartz has been indicted for downloading more the four million articles from the academic repository JSTOR. Aaron is a fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Ethics, co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification, founder of Demand Progress,, and a co-founder of reddit. He was arrested on 19 July 2011 and released on bail. Even though JSTOR says it is not pursuing civil litigation, the US Attorney General has criminally charged him with violating federal hacking laws. If convicted, Aaron faces maximum jail terms of 35 years and possible fines of up to one million US$.

Sign the petition here.

26. Mai 2011

@eG8: The Internet is already civilized, thank you

eG8„Despite the huge PR campaign surrounding the “eG8 forum”, citizens and civil society must hold their ground to reclaim a free Internet and its social and democratic values. A club of corporation CEOs (Publicis, Facebook, Orange, Google) is going to Deauville, pretending to carry the message of the Internet to the heads of States. There is one answer to this take-over: the Internet is ours!“ (via La Quadrature du Net)

Leading um to the G8’s Internet summit hosted by Sarkozy, Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Elder Statesman Eric Schmidt, Groupon’s Andrew Mason, NewsCorp’s Rupert Murdoch, Ebay’s John Donahoe and others from the IT sector met to fomulate their wishlist to the Heads of State. We need to let them know what we want.

Join the Call for Creative Action!

Addendum 31.5.11


22. Mai 2011

Vorratsdatenspeicherung verhindern!

Filed under: Call for Action,Deutsch — Schlagwörter: , — vg @ 15:21


Die Regierung plant, von allen Menschen Telekommunikationsdaten verdachtsunabhängig zu speichern. Protestieren Sie gegen diesen Angriff auf unser selbstbestimmtes und privates Leben! Unterzeichnen Sie den Appell an die Bundesregierung!

Eine Initiative von AK Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Campact e.V.

11. August 2010

Netzneutralität sichern!

Filed under: Call for Action,Deutsch — Schlagwörter: , , , — vg @ 00:33

Netzneutraliät-logoDie Initiative Pro Netzneutralität hat heute eine Unterschriften-Kampagne gestartet. Das Motto lautet „Netzneutralität ist der Schlüssel zur Wahrung des freien Internets!“ Das ist nicht nur ein wichtiges Thema für die Enquete-Kommission „Internet und digitale Gesellschaft,“ sondern auch für eine ähnliche Debatte hierzulande über einen Grundrechtekatalog fürs Internet, den Marco Civil.

Nach zähem Ringen hat Deutschland ein Anti-Diskriminierungsgesetz verabschiedet. Ein Verbot der Diskriminierung von Nutzern, Protokollen, Anwendungen und Geräten muss es auch für das Internet geben. Netzneutralität ist die Voraussetzung für die digitale Revolution und die Innovationen in allen Bereichen der Gesellschaft, die uns das Internet bislang beschert hat. Sie muss erhalten werden. Die Kampagne verdient alle Unterstützung.

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