Thursday, April 27, 2006

"Internet: Commission seeks global partnership on Internet governance, freedom of expression and the combat against cyber-repression"

According to the EU Press Room, "To keep up the momentum of the successful World Summit on Information Society (Tunis, 16-18 November 2005), the European Commission has set out today its priorities for implementing the international policy commitments made at the Summit. These priorities include safeguarding and strengthening human rights, in particular the freedom to receive and access information. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) should be used to contribute to open democratic societies and to economic and social progress worldwide. The Commission calls for continuing international talks to improve Internet governance through the two new processes created by the Summit: the multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Forum and the mechanism of enhanced cooperation that will involve all governments on an equal footing."

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"eGovernment: Commission calls for ambitious objectives in the EU for 2010"

As stated by the EU Press Room, "Hundreds of billions of euros could be saved for European taxpayers every year as a result of administrative modernisation in the 25 EU Member States, outlined today in the European Commission’s eGovernment Action Plan. Information and communication technology is the key to modernising government services: making them more efficient and more responsive. 100% take-up of electronic invoicing and electronic public procurement is predicted to save 300billion euros every year. All Member States already signed up to an ambitious agenda to achieve these goals in Manchester last year (see MEMO/05/446). Today’s action plan proposes concrete steps towards achieving these goals."

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

International ALFA Seminar on eGovernance

The ALFA Project II-0258-FA "Legal Framework for the Information Society/Gobierno electrónico" organizes the Internation ALFA Seminar on eGovernance wich takes place at the cities of Montevideo and La Plata.

Organized by L.E.F.I.S. network
Venue: Universidad de la República, Maggiolo room (Uruguay) and Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Aula Magna (Argentina)
Dates: 18-19 and 21 April 2006
Contact: Fernando Galindo (e mail:
More information in the web site:

Programmes (es): Montevideo / La Plata

Friday, April 07, 2006

"'.eu': Europe's new internet domain now open for everybody"

As stated by the EU Press Room, "From 11.00 hrs today, anyone with a residence in the European Union may apply to register a name under the .eu Top Level Domain, on a first-come, first-served basis. Nationality of an EU Member State is not a prerequisite. Today also sees the close of the 'sunrise' period, during which 320,000 .eu domain applications were filed by trademark holders, public bodies and holders of other prior rights such as unregistered trade marks, business identifiers or copyrights. EU institutions and officials will all switch to '.eu' names, en masse, on 9 May 2006, Europe Day."

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