Internet economy – usage, roles and new funding models

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No Name Affil./Org. SH-group Topic and sub-issues Description Remarks
4 Dirk Krischenowski Dot-Berlin, Germany Business Geographic Top-Level Domains (GeoTLDs) between Profitableness and Public Interest Duration
The new GeoTLDs are in a stress field between a mandatory and sustainable profitableness and public interests of the local government. Also the governing framework is often different for the ccTLDs.
45 Ulrich Kohn
Netizen, Germany
Civil society
Business models and the Internet --
There is a common view, that the "Internet is for free". Users are not aware of business models which create value e.g. from meta data.
There needs to be means in place which allow each user of the internet to understand the interest of each stakeholder (network provider, regulator, application service provider Governments articulate this by creating laws and implementing respective means to enforce such laws. The private sector has no obligations to clearly state the methods and models for executing their business. This violates the basic ideas of a multi-stakeholder governance and shall be analysed and corrected.
64 Klaus Birkenbihl Internet Society German Chapter Technical community Net Neutrality -- ISPs seek models to promote their own (or associate) contents and applications by providing goodies by manipulating DNS. Goodies provided are:
better connectivity for their contents extra (free) bandwidth to access their contents
- Is this in the interest of clients?
- Is this a threat for a free and open net?
In order to maintain and develop the Internet as an free and open infrastructure:
- is there a set of minimum requirements in terms of:
- fair access to the network
- traffic exchange and peering with other networks
- not boosting one contents or applications offer on the cost of others that ISPs should have to guarantee?
Do we need regulation or will the market fix it?

65 Klaus Birkenbihl Internet Society German Chapter Technical community Privacy a fundamental human right -- "International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance" On July 13 2013, some privacy organizations and advocates from around the globe published a paper entitled "International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance" or "Necessary and Proportionate" in short. Meanwhile hundreds of organizations signed the paper. It might be a good idea to discuss if this is an adequate answer to increased surveillance activities around the world and - if so - how to boost its impact.
69 Linda van Rennssen Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand (BITMi) Business How to maximize the digital sector’s contribution to Europe’s economy, the role of digital SMEs in Europe/ Regaining digital sovereignty in Europe --
- Europe & digital competitiveness
- The role of digital SMEs in Europe’s economy, challenges and opportunities
- Barriers and opportunities for the internationalisation of digital SMEs in Europe
Digital SMEs have a key role to play in securing long-term, sustainable economic growth in Europe. Yet Europe’s IT-SMEs often remain small, vulnerable to international competition and represent only a tiny portion of international trade. Rather than establishing large state-funded IT/internet projects, as various politicians have suggested in reaction to US intelligence surveillance, we need to find ways of maximizing the competitiveness of European digital companies, particularly SMEs, whilst maintaining an open Internet. SMEs are the backbone of the European economy, crucial for jobs and drivers of innovation. A range of challenges and opportunities could be discussed in this context, with a particular focus on the internationalisation of SMEs and access to (emerging) markets.
73 Lee Hibbard Council of Europe Europ. Org. Cross-border interference with the Internet -- Cross-border interference with the infrastructure of the Internet (traffic routing e.g.), and the content. Cross-border interference with parts of the infrastructure of the Internet, specifically with the traffic routing, and at the interface between the network and the content, that affects Internet users’ ability to access or provide content and services. The concern is not just with accidents or security incidents, but with actions to block, filter, divert or intercept content in one Member State, that may impact on users who are based in another Member State. This may result in cross-border (human rights) implications for access to content and information carried by that traffic. see:
92 Nadine Karbach Youth IGF Germany Youth Are terms and conditions of a social service / online service the new form of dictatorship online?
Tags: privacy, surveillance, freedom of expression
Everyone is online and uses any service, like email or a social network. Every user agrees to the terms and conditions of that service. Admittedly, no one really reads this, yet everyone has to agree to it. What does that mean in the light of power, surveillance, autonomy, privacy? How to respond to it as user? Is privacy online dying? To illustrate, see the trailer below: "Terms and conditions may apply"