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EuroDIG 2nd day: Plenary 1 - Access to content online

The discussions went down two main routes: access to networks and access to content. Possibly the first and the most strikingly positive impression was the fact that the session was finally an interactive one, as opposed to the ones in the previous day when it felt like you were assisting to a never ending monologue. I very much liked the moderator too who tried hard to have a balanced discussion despite his own bias, or that of Skype - and he succeeded in doing so.

The problems are real or potential and we might make the list of potential ones even longer if we don't find the right solutions to the real problems. Example: real problem - content piracy. Solution (possibly wrong one): force ISPs to ckeck the content. Potential problem: loss of privacy altogether.

The ideal situation was easy to describe: consumers should have access to all content (do not confuse with the fact that all content should be for free - there is no such thing), service providers should have access to all networks and they should not be restricted. Network operators should be more transparent with how and when they manage traffic.

Interesting remarks: the need for professional content (I'm avoiding the word 'quality' as there was a great deal of animation around what that is) . Also, someone noted that we have quite a lot of mechanisms at hand whereby problems can be addressed but there is not enough political will to take action. The most apalling idea: to curate the internet (very strange choice of words to begin with). People should be able to make their own decisions I would say....

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