MAPPING Newsletter No 5

MAPPING SGA audience

"During a three days meeting, several issues have been discussed and a strong request has been addressed to the EU for a comprehensive and holistic approach in order to face the new challenges of the networked society. In fact a red line keeps together European GDPR, NIS Directive and eIDAS Regulation as well: the need to find a fair balance between the protection of privacy and the guarantee of national security. It is necessary to empower citizens, by increasing their awareness, with the capability to face the new challenges of the age of data and the disruptive innovation of the Internet. It is requested a comprehensive strategy made of a set of well-designed rules, at EU and national level, duly and timely updated, in order to address the speed and complexity of the digital world and establish clear responsibilities and duties of public authorities and private undertakings."

Maurizio Mensi
University of Rome

Second General Assembly

The Second General Assembly of the MAPPING project took place in Prague, Czech Republic, under the title “Online business, Security and Fundamental Human Rights – Enabling trust on the Internet“. The assembly started symbolically on the last day of the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) on October 31, 2016, and took three full days, ending on November 2.

The event was focused on the interrelated issues of Internet Governance, Privacy and Intellectual Property Rights. The international debate included a variety of topics, such as: existing and emerging business models as impacted by the General Data Protection Regulation, law enforcement and intelligence agency perspectives; the interplay between privacy and intellectual property, critical infrastructures and challenges to freedom of expression.

While the Extraordinary General Assembly (Rome, May 2014) was organized in order to mobilize and map stakeholders and to share the basic project visions with the main MAPPING actors, the First General Assembly (Hannover, September 2015), entitled “From Privacy to Freedom of Expression: the Continuum in 2015 – 2020”, was aimed to reflect on the work of the MAPPING project carried out since it began. The Second General Assembly (SGA) in Prague presented a series of privacy-centric and data protection keynote presentations and panels with speakers from academia, civil society organisations, companies, law enforcement agencies such as Interpol and Europol, the United Nations and several other European and US institutions.  The conference sessions covered topics such as Privacy for the Next Generation, Complexity of Innovation: Opportunities and Risks, The interplay between privacy and intellectual property. An important aim of the conference was also to involve the stakeholders in the process of creating the MAPPING Road Map and in discussions on how to take MAPPING forward.

After the SGA, the project team received a lot of positive feedback from participants, who were also actively taking part in the discussion.


Conference on the Future of IPR: ‘IP Prospects in Europe and Beyond’

1-2 June 2017, Sofia (BG)

The MAPPING Conference on the Future of IPR is envisaged as an experts’ conference that will address the deficiencies and shortcomings of the current system of IPR protection in the EU and worldwide and discuss possible remedies that would allow achieving better synchronisation between the EU IPR protection regime and the technological and socio-cultural realities of the digital world. In this connection, the following issues will be tackled:

  • the eminent reforms of the EU copyright and patent law;
  • possible changes to substantive and procedural IP law rules;
  • European IP reforms in the global context;
  • alternative business models of economic exploitation of IPR;
  • universal prospects of the traditional IP, Open Innovation, and Open Knowledge.

Participation in the Conference is open to members of the civil society, academia, industry, all branches and levels of government, EU and national policy- and law-makers, and all those knowledgeable in IP and taking interest in IP reforms. Registration available at


Workshop on Internet Observatories

5 June 2017, Tallinn (EE) (Pre-event of the EuroDIG 2017)

The MAPPING project cordially invites you to the workshop titled "Gathering best practices among Internet observatories - for present and future" that will be held as a side event during the EuroDIG event.

More and more initiatives to map Internet policies and Internet Governance developments have been evolving during the last couple of years with various focuses - national, regional or global. Building on the experience from participating in these type of ‘mapping’ meetings, the 2017 MAPPING workshop wants to focus on best and worst experiences from the Internet observatories in an effort to create a best practice document that would help not only the current projects, but especially the ones that are to be developed in the next years.

Through an open and interactive setting, the 2017 MAPPING workshop will engage the participants in a discussion that could highlight the major lessons learned. Please notify your interest to attend the event at

Past events in focus

Tereza Horejsova (DiploFoundation) in a debate on current developments in day-to-day agenda of Internet observatories.

Internet Governance Forum 2016

MAPPING was presented and promoted at the 11th edition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2016) in Guadalajara, Mexico. Already since the beginning of the project MAPPING has been actively participating in all IGFs. The project had a display at the info booth of Project partner the DiploFoundation and was visible in several workshops. This year a particular focus was on the topic of Internet observatories, which is also a core topic in the MAPPING project under WP3.

MAPPING Bitcoin-conference
The Institute for Legal Informatics together with the Institute for Criminal Science of the Leibniz University Hannover organized a MAPPING Bitcoin-conference in Hannover on January 19, 2017. Protection of means of payment is traditionally aligned with money administered by state authorities, therefore with traditional currencies and their regulation. These regulations are increasingly challenged by new currencies such as Bitcoin; currencies that are developed and administered by non-state players. Experts on virtual currencies and various interested stakeholders discussed whether state protection is or should be limited to traditional currencies or should be widened to cover virtual currencies. Should, for example, traditional forms of property protection also apply to virtual money? Should money laundering prevention rules apply? At the same time traditional instruments of criminal law need to adapt: How do instruments of criminal investigation and sanctions such as monetary fines need to be modernized? The organisers facilitated an engagement with the audience by using a crowdsourcing tool Participants could ask questions electronically, promote interesting questions and answer polls that emerged during the debate.

The detailed agenda of the event is available at

Workshop on IG, Privacy and Business Models of Corporations
On February 13-14, 2017 a two-day MAPPING workshop was held in Fort Lauderdale, USA. The event was entitled “Workshop on Internet Governance, Privacy and Business Models of Corporations Creating And/Or Handling Personal Data”. Over twenty participants included overall coordinator Joe Cannataci, WP5 leader Nikolaus Forgó, as well as representatives of some of the leading corporations in the field of Information and Communication Technology like Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.

The group tried to build a better understanding of how Internet Governance and the structure of the Internet is influenced by the way large corporations shape their activities and create innovative services. It was discussed how corporations understand their business models and to which extent this corresponds with the perception of the public and average users of their services and offers. Furthermore, potential areas of conflict between fundamental human rights (particularly privacy) and the development of technology and services in the digital age were discussed. The group decided to continue the dialogue with a workshop held in the latter half of 2017.

MAPPING Policy Brief and Road Map talks
On February 15-17, 2017 MAPPING hosted an event in Miami, USA. The workshop was dedicated to designing a Policy Brief and Road Map for Internet Governance. The basis for the discussion with representatives from several leading IT corporations and experts attached to various civil society organizations was a draft text on governmental surveillance.

The single provisions of the draft were discussed and developed. It was agreed that the efforts to produce a mature common viewpoint, potentially based on the draft, will be continued in the latter half of 2017. The activities might also influence the activities of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to Privacy. 

Getting involved

To get involved in the MAPPING project you can join a group of around 100 experts and practitioners who regularly discuss the MAPPING problem areas and beyond: the MAPPING LinkedIn Group. You can also join the project on European Commission’s Join up space at Mapping Alternatives for Privacy, property and Internet Governance

For more information about the project please visit  where you can sign up for our Newsletter. You can also contact the MAPPING dissemination manager, EPMA (CZ) via: info/at/ The Project Coordinator, the University of Groningen (NL) can be reached at: projectoffice/at/


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme
for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612345.