International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

Following the decisions made at the ITU’s WRC in November 2015, the European Commission (EC) released its Proposal for a decision on the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the EU.

Preliminary trends are observed in the public consultation on Standards in the Digital Single Market. This consultation relates to developing standards and interoperability in the ICT domain. Stakeholders' views are very important to identify problems and obtain possible future priority-setting policy on ICT standardisation.

Cybercrime affects over 1 million people worldwide a day, and cyber attacks on public institutions and businesses are increasing. George Christou's new book titled Cybersecurity in the European Union. Resilience and Adaptability in Governance Policy (published by Palgrave) interrogates the European Union's evolving cybersecurity policies and strategy and argues that while progress is being made, much remains to be done to ensure a secure and resilient cyberspace in the future.

The future of 5G

Following the announcement of a programme on International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for 2020 and beyond, in May 2015, the ITU created a Focus Group to lay the foundations for the future development of network specifications for 5G mobile communications.

On 25th November 2015 the Department of Culture, Media and Sport published an independent report on Incorporating Social Value into Spectrum Allocation Decisions. The authors of the report include Patrick Barwise (London Business School), Martin Cave (Imperial College Business School), Peter Culham (Ofcom), Tony Lavender (Plum Consulting), Neil Pratt (Ofcom) and Damian Tambini (LSE).

In 2014 the EU’s Juncker Commission announced that A Connected Digital Single Market was one of its ten key priorities and later it set out 16 actions in order to operationalise it. On 4th December 2015 the public and private stakeholders present at the panel organised by the European Parliament’s Information Office in London showed that serious efforts would be needed to balance key stakes.

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance has lent its support to the recent decision made at the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) to maintain the ITU’s primary allocation of the lower UHF spectrum from 470 MHz to 694 MHz to terrestrial broadcasting (TV) services until at least 2023.

The BBC Trust has formally approved proposals to close BBC3 as a linear channel in January and to gradually transition it online by March 2016.

The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), currently in session in Geneva has taken a key decision that will provide a globally harmonized solution for the implementation of enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790 MHz frequency band.

Belgian Court orders facebook to stop tracking Internet users who are not registered with the social network.

The European Court of Justice invalidated the “safe harbor” agreement between the United States and the European Union, leaving companies with no means to transfer personal data legally across the Atlantic.

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