Call to Eliminate Terrorist & Extremist Content Online adopted
On 15 May, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron brought together Heads of State and Government and leaders from the tech sector to adopt the Christchurch Call to Action, which outlines voluntary commitments to address the issue of terrorist and violent extremist content online and to prevent the abuse of the internet as occurred in and after the Christchurch attacks. Those supporting the Call are listed here.
The Call proposes commitments individually by Governments, individually by online service providers and jointly by Governments and online service providers to accelerate research and development of technical solutions and ensure appropriate cooperation with and among law enforcement.
In response to the Call, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft issued a joint statementand published nine stepsthey pledged to undertake to implement the Christchurch Call, which includes five individual actions and four collaborative actions.
EU leaders meet in Sibiu to discuss the future of Europe
On 9 May, EU leaders gathered in Sibiu, Romania, to discuss the future of Europe. The informal summit of EU27 heads of state and government was convened as a culmination of the “Future of Europe” process, which was initiated by the Commission with the publication of the White Paper on the Future of Europe in March 2017.
EU leaders discussed the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, which identifies four main areas of future action: protecting citizens and freedoms; developing our economic base; building a greener, fairer, and more inclusive future; and promoting Europe’s interests and values in the world.
CONSUMER CREDIT DIRECTIVE
Evaluation of the Consumer Credit Directive – Summary Report
Last week, the European Commission published their Summary Report of the DG JUST Consultations on the Evaluation of the Consumer Credit Directive 2008/48/EC. It can be found here.
WP on Telecommunications and Information Society
The Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society are meeting tomorrow. The discussions will cover e-Privacy Regulation, in preparation for the TTE Council on 7 June. The full agenda can be found here.
EU releases its proposal for rules on global electronic commerce
On 3 May, the EU published its text proposalon future rules and obligations on e-commerce as part of World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on e-commerce endorsedby Ministers in the margins of the Davos World Economic Forum in January 2019.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
24 May: GDPR Salon 2019
4 June: Public Sector Data, The European Commission
6 June: Future of Internet Conference 2019, Forum Europe
27 June: AIG Meeting, Austrian Perm Rep, 12:00 – 14:00
2 October: AIG Directors’ Lunch, Stanhope Hotel, Brussels, 12:30 - 14:30