On 5 May 2015, members of the lower chamber of French Parliament approved the so-called “French Patriot Act”, or “Projet de loi relatif au renseignement”, despite the serious concerns about users’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression. The bill is currently under analysis by the French Senate and it will be voted upon on 9 June.
In January 2012, the European Commission, following extensive consultations, published a draft Regulation. After 3 years of discussion following the first proposal being made by the European Commission (and a first reading by the European Parliament that was finalised in 2014), the Council has decided to agree on a new text (a “general approach“) that will be the object of current trialogues.
The trilogue discussions between the three institutions officially started on 24 June 2015 with the first meeting in Brussels. In order to explain the process, EDRi will be publishing information and analysis in a document pool which will be updated as the negotiations advance.
The third issue of Digital Watch is summarising developments in digital politics over the summer months of July and August, with a special focus on Geneva.
In this issue you can find an analysis of WSIS+10 non-paper submissions. More than 80 submissions for non-papers were made to the WSIS+10 process prior to the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly in December. The documents were analysed in order to provide an overview of the main themes addressed, their relevance by stakeholder group, and the most frequently used words.
At the same time you can find what went up and what went down in our Internet governance barometer as well as information on the recent decisions by courts and regulators continue to confirm that operating across the ubiquitous Internet can expose Internet corporations to the jurisdictions of countries other than the country in which they are headquartered.
You can read or download the Geneva Digital Watch here: Issue 3, September 2015.