IEDR calls for creation of Internet policy forum

David Curtin, IEDR
David Curtin, IEDR

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26 October 2017 | 0

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company responsible for managing and maintaining Ireland’s country domain name, .ie, has called for the creation of a national Internet policy forum to provide a platform for Irish businesses, representative bodies, and citizens to discuss and debate the implications of Irish and international internet regulations, and the challenges of implementation and enforcement.

Home to the European headquarters of many US corporations, and as a member state of the EU, Ireland is, according to David Curtin, chief executive of IEDR, “between the hammer and the anvil”.

“As a member of the EU, Ireland is obligated to enforce far-reaching data and privacy directives, like GDPR and the NIS, that directly impact US companies operating in this country. Of course, Ireland is also the European operations base for many of these US companies, which support thousands of jobs and businesses,” said Curtin.

“The regulatory decisions made by Europe and America therefore directly and disproportionately affect Ireland. Far from just impacting governments and multinationals, thousands of Irish SMEs are compelled to take on extra costs and administrative work, as well.

“By establishing a national Internet policy forum, we can give Ireland’s internet community a platform to discuss and assess the impact of implementation of these regulations, and work together to form recommendations and solutions that can be presented to national and international decision-makers.”

Speaking ahead of today’s third annual Internet Day, Curtin called on Ireland’s internet community to come together to establish the forum, challenging those involved or interested in the internet to commit to having it set up by the next Internet Day, in October 2018.

Hosted by IEDR, Ireland’s Internet Day, which coincides with International Internet Day, aims to promote awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of the internet in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. It highlights the achievements of Irish and international internet entrepreneurs and the impact of internet innovations and technologies on society.

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