It was a surprise that President Juncker’s state of the European Union address last week barely touched on the digital issues. The speech talks about digitisation of industry as a side-note, a little ... »
What kind of responsibility should the intermediaries of digital media have? This question is key to how the online world develops. Different intermediaries have come to different conclusions. Most ad... »
It’s a trick question. The internet is already regulated, except poorly and by coders rather than lawyers. Author Douglas Rushkoff makes this point in a long read by Charles Arthur in The Guardian. Th... »
The European Union is probably the only level of government that has institutions powerful enough to have a real capacity to enforce rule of law online. The US is likely more interested in protecting ... »
A long time ago, in my hometown Stockholm, there was a court case, widely reported, against the founders of The Pirate Bay. This was 2009. I was there to listen to parts of the trial. The world could ... »
In the conversation around the Digital Single Market, the consumer interest is a big part of the motivation. The European Commission wants consumers to be able to access their online content services ... »
When the internet first burst onto the scene, critics thought it would make us isolated. People, enthralled by their computer, would turn away from each other. Now, as social media infiltrates every a... »
Netopia has argued against the notion of “permission-less innovation” before. The idea that innovation is so great that it trumps everything else, including the law. Permission-less supposedly means t... »
On Friday, Swedish prosecutors halted the investigation of rape charge against Wikileaks-founder Julian Assange. It was too difficult to proceed with the investigation as the prosecutors were not allo... »
In the dominating narrative on internet regulation, any policy intervention is a threat to the openness of the internet which of course is the principle that trumps all. Exceptions are permissible for... »