EDUCATING, AWARENESS RAISING, EMPOWERING IN THE EU ON DATA FLOWS AND EVERYTHING DIGITAL RAISING AWARENESS in the EU on DIGITAL DATA TRAFFICKING, DATABASE CENTRALISATION, INTERNET- & ICT TECHNIQUES, HIGH-TEC MARKETING, INVESTMENT POWER | DEVELOPING RULINGS & MEASURES to EMPOWER CITIZEN, GOV, ORG and COM
10COM – WHAT?
10COM is an independent pan-European initiative that strives for the development of a comprehensive set of principal measures and rulings to:
1. safeguard and secure the use of Internet, digital data and digital runned devices within the EU;
2. empower the >European Union, it's memberstates, organisations, companies and citizens, in the fields of internet, ICT, mobile, digital, software and applications.
Means to reach these goals:
► raise awareness on what 10COM calls 'digital data trafficking' and 'data ownership monopolisation'.
► inform about internet and ICT technologies - you don't have to understand how a car engine works, but it's good to know how to brake, shift, light, wipe windows, open and lock the car.
► develop frameworks for projects that actively can support the goals in practice;
► design pieces of legislature and a framework of effective smart basic rulings - internet is a new domain of policy, needing a new legislative approach. Bertha Benz didn't need rules as she drove the first fuel-engined automobile. Her grand-grand children can only drive safely because there are rules, for cars and for roads.
► build up a knowledge & ideas-exchange network with European companies, institutions, citizens;
► stimulate new thinking and acting, fresh opinions and arguments;
► reset the European mindset to focus on barriers how to reach a (digital) single market;
► train the European Union and EU governements in entrepeneurial thinking and acting, moving politicians and civil servants from the sub-transparent EU writing-and-discussing arena into the fresh air.
10COM – WHY?
The Age of Digital at the moment is for an important part owned and controlled by a few US based privately held companies. European citizens, politicians, companies and governing bodies have no (effective) governing powers, are not effectively active in governing boards, are not running influentual companies.
10COM aims to rearrange this situation to make the global power-balance more equal. So within the EU, the Age of Digital can be lived along the lines of general norms and values as accepted and promoted by the European Union. With democratic influence of citizens, transparancy, privacy, delivering innovation, security, profit and wealth.
10COM combines modern means of communications and influencing with old school techniques and methods of analogue social positive activism. Agile, free of dogma's, argument and opinion centred, not ego-centred, not for profit, think-tank, taskforce, consultancy.
10COM uses rulings and legislature in the first place as building material, not as instruments of control and oppression.
10COM sees citizens as co-creators, politicians of different 'colours' as part of balanced democratic decision-making, journalists as informers and watchdogs, diversity and differences as conditions sine qua non and unique selling points.
10COM is representing nobody, works for the collective 'well being' of euverybody.
10COM – WARNING ;)
Opinions published are not always ours. 10com aims to stimulate new ways of thinking and acting.
One method is provoking, polarising, sharing fresh opinions from others, to make steps, remove barriers or go around them, paving new paths.
10COM – WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
1 | 0 - the 1 and 0 of the binary coding system, symbolising the Age of Digital.
I O - the on/of switch of electronic devices, symbolising the power to decide.
COM - communications, company & competition.
COMM - commandments as meant in 'ten commandments'.
10com stands for digital communications, exchange of information.
10com stands for the principle of basic, long-life, broad supported, effective rulings.
10com stands for being able to decide, how internet and digital data flows are governed.
10com stands for minimal 10 independent, influential EU-based IT & internet companies.
10COM supports or co-operates in projects others started, or initiates projects within the reach of it's aims.
CSISAC STATEMENT ON OECD COMMUNIQUE ON INTERNET POLICYMAKING PRINCIPLES
PRESS RELEASE - 28th June 2011
Civil Society Coalition Declines to Endorse OECD Communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy-Making; Urges OECD to Reject “Voluntary” Steps For Filtering and Blocking of Online Content
Paris – The Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (CSISAC) today declined to endorse an OECD Communiqué on Internet Policy-making principles. CSISAC believes that the Communiqué, which was presented today at the OECD’s High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy in Paris, could undermine online freedom of expression, freedom of information, the right to privacy, and innovation across the world.
The OECD Communiqué covers a broad range of current Internet-related policy issues. CSISAC supports many of the proposed principles, in particular, policies that support the open, interoperable Internet, and multi-stakeholder policy development processes.
CSISAC strongly supports OECD multistakeholder policy development processes and sees much value in working at the OECD. While CSISAC appreciates the efforts made by the OECD Secretariat and various OECD member states to accommodate CSISAC’s concerns with the draft Communiqué, CSISAC was not able to accept the final draft’s over-emphasis on intellectual property enforcement at the expense of fundamental freedoms, and its movement away from the longstanding principle in many OECD countries’ laws of granting “mere conduit” online service providers limitations on liability for the actions of their users.
The final Communiqué advises OECD countries to adopt policy and legal frameworks that make Internet intermediaries responsible for taking lawful steps to deter copyright infringement. This approach could create incentives for Internet intermediaries to delete or block contested content, and lead to network filtering, which would harm online expression. In addition, as has already happened in at least one country, Internet intermediaries could voluntarily adopt “graduated response” policies under which Internet users’ access could be terminated based solely on repeated allegations of infringement. CSISAC believes that these measures contradict international and European human rights law.
CSISAC is also concerned about limits on access guarantees to “lawful” content and references to lawful behaviour throughout the Communiqué. This language ostensibly would require Internet intermediaries or other private parties and interests to make determinations about the legality of content and of user behavior on their platforms and networks. Internet intermediaries are neither competent nor appropriate parties to make such rulings, CSISAC believes Internet intermediaries should not be responsible for identifying infringement and enforcing intellectual property rights, and requiring them to do so compromises transparency, accountability and due process.
All restrictions must be based on court orders obtained after due process and judicial review.
CSISAC notes that the direction of some of the text in the Communiqué is inconsistent with the approach taken by other intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and could result in divergent regulatory approaches across countries, undermining the stated goal of the Communiqué to provide assistance to policymakers in OECD member states. In his 2011 Report to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression has specifically criticized national laws that impose liability on Internet intermediaries if they do not agree to adopt filtering and blocking measures. Furthermore, the Rapporteur has stated that cutting off users from Internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including alleged violations of intellectual property rights, is disproportionate and thus a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Council of Europe has previously published in 2008 Recommendations to member states and Guidelines to Internet intermediaries on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters and in 2007 Recommendations on measures to promote the public service value of the Internet. It is in the process of publishing a Declaration on Internet Governance Principles.
CSISAC supports the strong emphasis on the need for multi-stakeholder process regarding the development of Internet policy. CSISAC recognizes that several international bodies and organizations are currently discussing whether and how to regulate the Internet at the global level. Unlike such intergovernmental meetings such as the recent eG8 and G8 events, in which civil society was not invited to participate, the OECD has demonstrated commitment to developing Internet policies in a genuine multi-stakeholder process.
CSISAC calls on OECD member states to take a stand to combat digital censorship and uphold international human rights standards, including the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, to freedom of information, to privacy and to the protection of personal data, which are the cornerstones of democracy. Any Internet policy guidelines developed by the OECD should be grounded in legal principles that are widely accepted, and be compliant with international human rights standards. It is inappropriate for such guidelines to be derived from ad hoc regulations and policy experiments that have been adopted in a small number of countries, especially since the impact of these regulations is still far from clear. We invite member states of the OECD to protect the open Internet and make a public commitment to opposing Internet filtering and blocking by intermediaries, to affirm existing limitations on intermediaries’ liability, and to support due process and judicial review of allegedly illegal content and behavior.
A more detailed explanation of CSISAC members’ concerns with the text of the Communique is available at:
CSISAC is a coalition of more than 80 civil society groups and several concerned individuals from across the globe that, since 2009, has provided input into the development of OECD policies relating to the Internet, and formally represents the civil society perspective at certain OECD meetings.