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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Internet governance: the next steps, COM(2009) 277 final

Funded under: FP7-ICT


Internet governance has been the subject of international discussions since the mid-1990s, with the EU being an 'early mover' in terms of identifying key public policy issues to be discussed between EU Member States and with international partner countries.
Since then, governance of the Internet continues to be a crucial public policy priority given the way in which the Internet has transformed the lives and working environments of millions of European citizens. The EU has for example just over 7 % of the world's population, but nearly 19 % of the world's Internet users. The Internet has become a ubiquitous tool for commerce, education, social services and everyday social interaction. Human-to-human interactions are now increasingly supplemented by machine-to-machine interactions - the so-called 'Internet of things' - that underpin important activities even when we may be unaware that the Internet is involved.

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Record Number: 9854 / Last updated on: 2009-07-22