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From ‘End-to-end’ to the ‘Rule of Law’: Should Network Neutrality be Enshrined into Legislation?

Over the past month, I have been actively involved in the organisation of the “Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Network Neutrality and Human Rights”, which took place on 29-30 May in Strasbourg, under the auspices of the Council of Europe.

This two-day long event has summoned some of the most renowned network-neutrality experts at the European level and provided a unique occasion to share opinions and concerns on an equal footing.

The main purpose of the conference was to shed light on the human-rights dimensions of the network neutrality debate. Notably, the participants scrutinised the underlying tension between Internet-traffic-management (ITM) practices put in place by Internet Access Providers (IAPs) and the full enjoyment of freedom of expression and the right to private life.

By all means the Council of Europe offered a particularly appropriate environment to hold such an all-important debate.

Network Neutrality in a (Quite Simplified) Nutshell

Network neutrality is a catchy and intriguing formula. However, the absence of a clear definition, as well as its multifaceted nature, has led the path to a plethora of uses and misuses of this appealing expression. In the words of Professor Christopher Marsden, “network neutrality is a deceptively simple phrase hiding a multitude of meanings”. [...]

To read more, check: http://www.medialaws.eu/from-%E2%80%98end-to-end%E2%80%99-to-the-%E...

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