Following my post at @NeelieKroesEU Blog (https://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kroes/en/content/guest-blog-byeroamingcall-wake-call-strive-digital-rights) inviting young people to strive for digital rights, I met yesterday (18.02.14) with MEP Amelia Andersdotte @teirdes to have a chat about #NetNeutrality.
The meeting was a good opportunity to learn more about the current debate related wit the Connected Continent legislative package and digital rights. With our previous post on #ByeRoamingCalls we did not want to simplify the complex and wider debate on the pro and cons of Connected Continent.
Net Neutrality is the principle that “Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication”.
In 2012 the european youth forum published a Policy Paper on New Media and Internet arguing that “as long as no discrimination is applied by a private or governmental body regarding sender, recipient or type of transmitted data, every user has the right to access the same internet as everyone else.” In this sense, and according to Amelia some articles of the Connected Continent legislative package are being heavily discussed because of their potential impact on #NetNeutrality .
The Connected Continent package allows the providers of content, applications and services, and providers of providers of electronic communications to the public to continue to be free to conclude specialized services agreements on defined levels of quality of services. This means that content providers can negotiate with Internet providers about the quality of service levels, differentiating based on different factors.
So, is the principle of not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication being threaten?
As I stated on my previous post I strongly believe that young people and youth organisations need to be more aware about the relevance of digital rights on the field of youth work.
Furthermore legislative proposals and consultations to civil society around these issues need to be more open and meaningful. Ensuring reliable and fast access to the internet , privacy, data protection and freedom of expression are some of the conditions to engage long-term solutions to the most urgent problems of youth, such as the need for quality jobs, quality education and, overall, stronger autonomy and inclusion in their societies.