The goal of MAPPING (Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance) is to create an all-round and common understanding of the many and varied economic, social, legal and ethical aspects of the recent developments on the Internet, and their consequences for the individual and society at large. Building on the results of several EU FP7 projects including CONSENT (covering on-line consent and privacy in social networks, SMART ( and RESPECT ( MAPPING would specifically investigate and debate the existing innovation policies, business models and legal framework related to the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe and the changes needed to set up an improved governance structure for the EU innovation ecosystem.*

The key to MAPPING’s success would be its planned mobilisation of a wide spectrum of ICT-related stakeholders and social actors from both EU Member States and associated countries. This will include academics, law and policy makers, ISPs, international and EU Internet governance bodies, NGOs and civil society organisations. The project would provide these actors with a fora for informed discussion of issues related to the digital transition - issues such as problems of personal data and IPR protection online; business models and e-government applications based on the use of personal data; economic exploitation of IPR and open innovation.

MAPPING would then move to create an Action Plan and put forward workable policy guidelines. These will be based on a multidisciplinary perspective on the latest and foreseeable developments in ICTs taking into account conflicting interests, perceptions and practices of different societal actors that shape the EU’s technological future. MAPPING would thus significantly contribute to creating an enabling framework for completing the digital transition and improving the innovation climate in the EU.

MAPPING is co-financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project commenced in March 2014 and is scheduled to run until February 2018.