The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions welcomes the adoption of the joint declaration on cultural diversity and the digital space

The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions welcomes the adoption of the joint declaration on cultural diversity and the digital space

Canada NewsWire

MONTREAL, April 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) welcomes the joint statement by the governments of Canada and the French Republic on cultural diversity and the digital space.

According to the CDCE’s co-president, Bill Skolnik, “the signal sent by Canada and France is very important; at a time where platforms and their recommendation tools do not promote a real diversity of cultural expressions”. The declaration affirms that states, digital platforms and civil society must pursue common goals to promote the diversity of cultural expressions online. “We are pleased to see that the French and Canadian governments have heard the main concerns of the cultural community. We are eager to find out more about the impact of this statement,” adds Bill Skolnik.

In addition, while Canada is engaged in many trade negotiations, the assertion of the principles supporting UNESCO’s Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted in 2005, is reassuring for the actors of the sector. The text of the Convention emphasizes the sovereign right of states to adopt measures and policies to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions on their territory. It is this right that is invoked to exempt culture from trade agreements, an exemption that is still benefited in North America.

As part of its efforts to maximize the participation of civil society, the Canadian government can count on the contribution of the CDCE to identify initiatives that promote the diversity of cultural expressions online.

About the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Founded in 1998, the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a pan-Canadian organization with 29 associations representing the entire cultural chain, from creation to distribution, in the book, film, television, new Medias, music and performing arts sectors.

Concerned by the economic health of cultural industries as well as by the vitality of cultural creation, the association is particularly interested in the treatment of culture in trade treaties and the impact of the digital environment on the diversity of cultural expressions.

 

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Afilias to support ICANN Community Response to the EU’s GDPR

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Afilias to support ICANN Community Response to the EU’s GDPR

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DUBLIN, April 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Afilias today announced that it is temporarily suspending plans to limit the display of WHOIS data to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) currently scheduled to take effect on 25MAY2018. Afilias has received a number of questions about its plans, and anticipates that they may be affected by guidance from data protection authorities that has been requested by ICANN. This guidance is expected to be materially helpful in the community’s efforts to resolve the various issues surrounding GDPR requirements.

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Afilias is participating in a number of community groups that are considering these issues, including as a principal in ICANN’s pilot implementation of the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), a potential technical solution for enabling differentiated access to registration data depending on the legitimate purpose of the requestor. For example, law enforcement may need access to certain types of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), trademark guardians to other types, etc. RDAP enables the management of this access in an efficient and effective manner.

As the deadline for GDPR implementation approaches, the community is working diligently in a number of areas to find solutions needed to balance a wide range of community interests. Afilias will continue working collaboratively within these groups in the expectation that appropriate solutions will be reached prior to the GDPR implementation date.  Absent guidance from the data protection authorities, Afilias will reconsider its plans as appropriate to ensure compliance with GDPR.

About Afilias
Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with millions of domain names under management. Afilias powers a wide variety of top-level domains, including TLDs for countries, cities, brands, communities and generic terms. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a broad range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, managed DNS, and mobile Web services. For more information on Afilias services, visit www.afilias.info

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SparkPost Brings Cloud Email API To The EU, Announces GDPR Compliance

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SparkPost Brings Cloud Email API To The EU, Announces GDPR Compliance

New EU-Hosted Service Offers European Customers Enhanced Performance and Regulatory Compliance

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — SparkPost, a cloud email API service preferred by leading internet and technology companies, today announced the immediate availability of SparkPost EU. Entirely hosted in the European Union, the service offers companies low-latency delivery of application-generated emails and enhanced compliance with EU privacy and data protection regulations.

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Alongside SparkPost EU, the company is also announcing that it is compliant with the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The regulation is due to go into effect on May 25, 2018. SparkPost is already certified under the joint EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework governing personal data transfer between the EU and U.S.

“Leading European brands turn to us to boost customer engagement and revenue growth, by providing consistent, solid and impeccable email communications. Working with a partner that supports a reliable and highly performant email service, while also endorsing regulatory compliance is critical,” commented Alastair James, CTO at London-based customer marketing platform Ometria. “SparkPost’s EU service and GDPR posture gives us confidence that we’re able to meet our customers’ expectations.”

Ensuring that purchase confirmation, password reset, account activation, and other app-generated emails are delivered on time is critical to a good user experience.  It also means that customers are less likely to churn and revenue is protected.  With the launch of SparkPost EU, the company’s European customers enjoy the same low-latency, high-performance email delivery as SparkPost’s U.S. customers. Unlike other email API vendors who offer services in the EU but process and send the emails from the U.S., SparkPost EU is hosted entirely in Europe, with email processing and delivery originating from European infrastructure. 

“We’re committed to offering leading European internet, software, banking, and media companies the same high level of service as our US customers, which include LinkedIn, Pinterest, The New York Times, Twitter, MailChimp, and Zillow. Alongside performance, we’re very aware that forthcoming data and privacy regulation presents numerous challenges to our European customers,” said Phillip Merrick, SparkPost CEO. “SparkPost EU and our company’s GDPR compliance offer a solution.”

SparkPost offers a number of resources for companies concerned about the impact of GDPR on sending emails from their software products. SparkPost’s GDPR Resource Center is a primer on the GDPR and how it affects email sending, and details SparkPost’s own GDPR compliance.

About SparkPost
SparkPost is the world’s #1 email delivery provider. Our customers—including Pinterest, Twitter, Intercom, LinkedIn, Zillow, and Comcast—send over 3 trillion messages a year, more than 25% of the world’s non-spam email. Our platform delivers any application’s emails on time and to the inbox, with the performance, deliverability, flexibility, and analytics product development teams need to drive customer engagement and growth. Follow us on Twitter @SparkPost or go to sparkpost.com.

 

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