Google Submits Second Proposal, ICOMP Response

ICOMP welcomes the fact that Google has finally responded to the Commission’s demand for new commitments. While we await the details, we must hope that after so much prevarication this time Google’s proposals represent a genuine attempt to address the concerns identified, unlike the previous proposals which were so manifestly defective and universally condemned. The … read more

Microsoft/Nokia: implications for the mobile and mapping worlds

The headline grabbing news that Microsoft is buying Nokia’s phone business has prompted a number of ICOMP members to ask what the deal means for the competitive landscape in Europe, and what it means for the Commission’s investigations into Google’s abusive behaviour. At first sight, their businesses appear to be largely complementary and there seem … read more

A Victory for Online Security

As people spend more time online, they understandably are becoming more concerned about online security. One of ICOMP’s primary missions is to promote online security and privacy and to educate consumers on how they can better protect themselves against online threats. Given the complexity of the Internet, however, even sophisticated users may be unwittingly exposed … read more

ICOMP Reactions: Google & Privacy

Media outlets were this week reporting that in a submission to a US court Google said that “Users of Google’s email service Gmail, should have no “legitimate expectation” that their emails will remain private”. The Guardian reported that “Google set out its case last month in an attempt to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accuses … read more

ICOMP Reactions: Google & Privacy

Media outlets were this week reporting that in a submission to a US court Google said that “Users of Google’s email service Gmail, should have no “legitimate expectation” that their emails will remain private”. The Guardian reported that “Google set out its case last month in an attempt to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accuses … read more

Protecting the Mobile Marketplace

It is undeniable. The way we consume information and interact has completely changed over the past 5 years and is set to continue to do so in coming years. One of the most pertinent causes is the massive growth of mobile devices that can connect to the internet. According to ONS data released by the … read more

ICOMP Announces Videojug as a New Member

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) is delighted to announce pioneering digital video content business Videojug as our latest Council Member. Based in London and launched in 2006, Videojug defined the ‘How-To’ video sector, creating over 60,000 films to-date. Videojug delivers video experiences that connect brands and engages consumers. As a consumer publisher, … read more

Internet Behaviour Examined

The UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) yesterday published a piece of research called “Being online: an investigation of people’s habits and attitudes”, which looks at a number of aspects of online behaviour and examines how citizens and consumers use the internet and interact with online services. The research, undertaken by Ipsos MORI, found overall that … read more

ICOMP announces Mediaset as new member

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) is delighted to announce Mediaset, the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy, as our latest Council Member. Gina Nieri, Mediaset’s Executive Board Member, commented “we believe that unfair competition and asymmetric regulation are two major obstacles to the development of a truly sustainable online audiovisual industry and look … read more

ICOMP Breakfast Seminar: Competition and the online marketplace

Thursday 16 May 2013, 0900 – 1130 Carinthia Chamber of Commerce, Europaplatz 1, 9020 Klagenfurt Next week Members of the ICOMP Council will gather in Klagenfurt, Austria, for our 16th Council Meeting. The meeting comes at a crucial time for all those who, like our Membership, believe in the importance of a competitive online market, as … read more