EurActiv - Letters to the Editor

Archives for InfoSociety

Evil space signals

Sir, On 9 September 2008, the Financial Times, the New York Times and Bloomberg ran stories about a search engine’s latest global ambition. It involves creating a new satellite system to reach the planet’s ‘O3b’ (meaning “other three billion” people) without Internet access. That plan is curiously myopic on two points: A) There is an… » read more

Posted by Letters to the EurActiv editor

EU policymaking is predictable

Sir, Viviane Reding’s proposal for a European Electronic Communications Market Authority (EECMA) has been turned down by the European Council and will be dismissed by the full European Parliament on September 23rd. The information society commissioner’s failure should not come as a surprise to anybody familiar with the history of EU telecommunications. In my 2006… » read more

Posted by Letters to the EurActiv editor

Sir, As president and chair of the International Confederation of Music Publishers, we wish to comment on DG Competition’s recent decision to adopt a pan-European approach to copyright. We welcome the fact that the Commission decision, as reported, broadly supports right holders’ choices and composers and their publishers will continue to be able to take… » read more

Posted by Letters to the EurActiv editor

Sir, Regarding ‘Parliament under pressure for shunning free software’: While we sympathise with the FFII petition to the European Parliament on streaming plenary sessions, we are equally concerned about broad categorical mandates with regard to software procurement. While the notion of “non-discrimination” is worthy, the idea of mandates is a slippery slope. If I only… » read more

Posted by sylvane_casademont

Sir, Regarding ‘ICT sector to monitor its own C02 emissions’: ICT needs to be considered as a conglomerate of technologies, which have not all taken the required measures to speed up energy efficiency. It is very important to consider those which already introduced initiatives 10 years ago versus Datacenters, for example, which are struggling with… » read more

Posted by sylvane_casademont