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Welcome to OVHcloud!

Welcome to OVHcloud!

The European association Open Internet Project (OIP) is very pleased to announce the membership of OVHcloud!

With this new member, OIP looks forward to continue to work on competitive issues related to the cloud marker. Indeed, OVHcloud, Scaleway and Clever Cloud three emblematic and major players of the French cloud, committed to digital sovereignty and respect for market ruleswish to bring their expertise and share their visions of a competitive and fair European cloud market, and thus support the actions of OIP which aim to fight against any abuse of dominant position on tech markets.

OVHcloud is a global player and the European leader in the Cloud, operating more than 400,000 servers in 33 datacenters located on 4 different continents. Based on a unique integrated model, the group manages its entire value chain to deploy a more environmentally friendly cloud. This unique approach allows the company to innovate continuously to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers around the world. OVHcloudoffers the latest solutions that combine performance, price predictability and complete sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom.

« I am very pleased that OVHcloud has joined the OIP! We had the objective to expand the OIP in the coming months, and the two recent memberships of Scaleway and OVHcloud are emblematic of our ambitions and objectives: to become an even more powerful association in the service of healthy and fair competition in the European digital market! As CEO of Clever Cloud, it has never seemed so important and crucial to me to combine the strengths of the "fair play" players, in order to truly influence the future decisions that will have to be taken by our Governments in order to favor innovative, competitive European players, always at the service of their customers! »
says Quentin Adam
CEO de Clever Cloud and Président of OIP
« OVHcloud has always placed the collective at the heart of its approach. Thanks to a strong ecosystem of partners, we have the ambition to promote an innovative, sustainable and efficient technology that respects our European values. By joining the Open Internet Project, we are even more committed to promoting and defending in Paris and Brussels the conditions for a dynamic and fair cloud market for all players in our industry and for the benefit of our users' freedom of choice »
adds Michel Paulin
CEO of OVHcloud

All OIP members welcome OVHcloud and look forward to working together to pursue their common goals!

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, Délégué Général : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Chargée de mission :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 45 91 91

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Scaleway joins the Open Internet Project !

Scaleway joins the Open Internet Project

Today, the Open Internet Project is pleased to announce that Scalaway has joined the association! While Clever Cloud has taken over the presidency of the OIP and decided to broaden the battles to the competitive issues of the cloud market 

Today, the Open Internet Project is pleased to announce that Scaleway has joined the association! While Clever Cloud has taken over the presidency of the OIP and decided to broaden the battles to the competitive issues of the cloud market, Scaleway has decided to join the association in order to provide its expertise, particularly on cloud issues, and to support the current and future actions of the OIP.  

Scaleway has been helping developers and enterprises to build, deploy and scale applications on any type of infrastructure since 1999. Located in Paris, Amsterdam and Warsaw, the Scaleway ecosystem is used by more than 25,000 enterprises that choose Scaleway’s multi-AZ and multi-region redundancy, frictionless developer experience, carbon-neutral datacenters and native tools to manage their multi-cloud architectures. With its fully managed offerings for serverless, containerization or bare metal architectures, Scaleway brings choice to the cloud. The company enables enterprises to choose where their customers’ data is stored, the architecture that meets their needs and to evolve responsibly.

"I am very happy and honored that Scaleway has placed its trust in our association, and to be able to lead our battles alongside this emblematic French cloud company! It is one of the major players in this field in France, our analyses of the market - and its dysfunctions - are convergent, we will be able to promote together the importance of a sovereign European cloud industry!"
underlines Quentin Adam
CEO of Clever Cloud and OIP President
"The adoption of cloud technologies, which now underpin the digitization of our economies and societies, will literally explode in Europe by 2030. Because we fight for our customers, developers and IT decision makers in enterprises, for their freedom of choice under sustainable financial conditions, their independence and their tech resilience: we are very happy to join the OIP to promote the existence of a fair, balanced competitive environment. All to allow the European cloud ecosystem to express its competitive potential and technological excellence without fear of abuse of dominant positions or large-scale anti-competitive practices."
Yann Lechelle
CEO of Scaleway

All OIP members welcome Scaleway and look forward to continuing their work together!

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 45 91 91

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OIP welcomes the adoption of the DMA, a crucial step towards the regulation of Tech giants !

OIP welcomes the adoption of the DMA, a crucial step towards the regulation of Tech giants !

Open Internet Project (OIP), a European association of organizations and European digital industrialists, welcomes the agreement reached by the trialogue on Thursday 24 March 2022 on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation.

OIP welcomes the agreement reached by the trilogue on Thursday March 24, 2022 on the DMA regulation, and notes with satisfaction that the legislation relating to digital markets in Europe will finally enter a new era.

« The DMA agreement is a significant step forward, which we welcome. Thanks to this new regulation, the European rules governing GAFAM will be much stricter, in particular with the recognition of the notion of gatekeeper, and will allow European alternative solutions – often the very first victims of anti-competitive practices – to develop under more favorable conditions ! »
emphasizes Leonidas Kalogeropoulos
OIP General Delegate

While the European digital market is dominated by a few monopolistic players, the DMA is the promise of more dynamic, open and healthy competition, which should allow innovative digital companies to develop under fairer conditions.

The DMA specifically targets gatekeepers, i.e. “gatekeepers”. As a reminder, these are digital companies in a dominant position and which control in particular the access of their users to the services of third-party companies. Recognizing their key position is key to being able to regulate them as such.

Gatekeepers indeed act as market regulators, they often impose barriers to entry, and ignore our existing European laws. OIP is particularly pleased that the entry into force of the DMA can make it possible to make, in the event of abuse, the sanctions against these gatekeepers more restrictive and dissuasive than before.

However, OIP stresses that there are still points of vigilance, in particular on the speed of application of the text as well as the use of precautionary measures. The final wording (article 22) does not seem to have taken into account the amendments of Parliament, aimed at making the standards for the application of precautionary measures better suited to their effective use. OIP recalls in this respect that the success of the DMA will necessarily depend on the ability of the European authorities to enforce it within short deadlines and, if necessary, with dissuasive sanctions.

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
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Publication of a letter on the decision of the Trialogue not to keep the European Parliament’s version of article 22 of the DMA on the precautionary measures

Publication of a letter on the decision of the Trialogue not to keep the European Parliament's version of article 22 of the DMA on the precautionary measures.

The Open Internet Project has gathered converging information indicating that the European Commission and the European Council are on the way to rejecting Article 22 of the Digital Market Act as adopted by the European Parliament in December 2021 on precautionary measures.

As the DMA Trialogue draws to a close, the Open Internet Project (OIP) wishes to express its deepest concern with the information we have gathered, all of which indicates that the compromise version of Article 22 of the final text of the DMA would include the original proposal of the European Commission, and would therefore not take into account the text adopted by the European Parliament, aimed at modifying the standard of precautionary measures.

Indeed, Article 22, as proposed by the European Commission, requires that interim measures could only be applicable if the damage to be prevented is “irreparable”. However, with this requirement, the standards for the implementation of the provisional measures prove to be too high, so that this measure – worded identically to Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 – is and will remain inapplicable.

The fact that the provisional measures have only been applied in the digital sector once in 19 years bears witness to this, and the OIP has been working steadily for 4 years to ensure that this drafting evolves!

Faced with the abuse of a dominant position by the Internet giants, from which whole sections of the European digital economy suffer, the problem of urgency in the face of threats of market eviction is essential, and requires the shortening of procedural deadlines. Time is the ally of monopolies and the enemy of European companies which suffer from the abuse of dominant position by the American giants and tomorrow potentially by new global giants which are developing new abusive practices.

In order not to leave European businesses, particularly in the very fast-paced digital world, to suffer from market foreclosure practices, with no other solution than to wait for years for litigation procedures to come to an end, it is imperative to reform article 22 of the DMA regulation by adopting the version of the European Parliament which aims to replace the condition of “irreparable” damage by “immediate”!

This is the meaning of the vote that took place on December 15, 2021 in the European Parliament, and the European digital industry could not understand that this vote would be challenged by the trialogue on this vital issue for its future.

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 45 91 91

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Google Analytics: the OIP calls on the French government to support the transition to European solutions

Google Analytics: the OIP calls on the French government to support the transition to European solutions

The Open Internet Project (OIP) welcomes the CNIL’s requirement to stop using the Google Analytics audience measurement solution due to the transfer of personal data to the United States, and welcomes that solutions European alternatives that are victims of abuse of a dominant position can thus gain visibility and develop.

Since the CNIL’s legal argument is valid for many other American digital tools, the association calls on public authorities to seize this opportunity to help data controllers identify alternative European solutions, and to support the transition to solutions. sovereigns respectful of European law.

The CNIL’s decision to prohibit the use of Google Analytics is a direct consequence of the “Schrems II” judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of July 16, 2020. It allows the authority France to remind firmly that in the European digital space, it is not optional to respect European law. The CNIL makes it clear that this right is unfortunately constantly violated when players export personal data from Europeans to the USA despite the cancellation of the Privacy Shield, which itself followed the cancellation of Safe Harbor. It therefore recalls the paramount importance of identifying, adopting and developing European alternatives which avoid such illicit transfers.

As the judicial authorities have pointed out several times, the legal system of the United States is not sufficiently protective of the rights of European Internet users and the security of their data. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect this data. The relentless analysis of the CNIL concerning the use of Google Analytics will therefore apply with the same effects for a whole series of non-European tools and services used most often under the effect of dominant positions that sit on illegal behavior.

The CNIL’s decision to require the use of solutions other than Google Analytics, and to no longer export personal data to the United States, is therefore an important opportunity that European public authorities and entrepreneurs must seize together to adopt , promote and build solutions that strengthen European strategic autonomy in the digital space. These solutions exist in terms of audience analysis as in many other technological fields, and other solutions will emerge and develop. Entrepreneurs are doing their part, and the State must develop an active strategy to help the emergence of these European solutions and promote their visibility and adoption with a support plan for the transition.

"This decision, based on an indisputable legal argument, must lead us collectively to offer better listening and visibility to the European solutions that already exist, which suffer from lawless practices that completely unbalance the market. The State cannot only wield the stick, and must therefore also help European alternatives to make themselves known, and help companies to adopt them. The OIP will ask the competent public authorities in the coming weeks to structure this support plan."
Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, OIP General Delegate

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 45 91 91

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The OIP challenges the candidates for the presidential election so that a truly sovereign digital industry emerges in France and in Europe

OIP challenges the candidates for the french presidential election so that a truly sovereign digital industry emerges in France and in Europe.

With 60 days to go before the first round of the presidential election, the Open Internet Project (OIP), a European association of organizations and European digital industrialists, calls on all the candidates for the presidential election on the digital sites which must quickly evolve so that the Internet giants – mostly foreign – stop abusing their ultra-dominant positions, and so that a truly sovereign digital industry emerges.

Lettre ouverte OIP candidats élections

Indeed, the vitiated effect of the overpowering of GAFAM, which respects neither our laws nor our institutions, and whose place continues to gain in importance, both in our economy and in our democratic and social life, is revealed everywhere: tax evasion, financing of conspiratorial sites, capture of personal and highly strategic data, looting of our cultural heritage,…

« Faced with such an accumulation of highly reprehensible behavior, and a list of sanctions that is certainly long but without any deterrent effect, it is urgent to find other truly effective responses. We ask the candidates to position themselves clearly on these crucial subjects for our country ! »
Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, OIP General Delegate

The OIP wishes to know the position of the candidates on the following proposals :

  1. The public order must have a structuring effect on the organization of alternative solutions to GAFAM;
  2. Sanctions imposed must be subject to judicial publication for 30 days on the websites of convicted actors;
  3. Possibility of interrupting access to the sentenced service in the event of a repeat offence;
  4. Legislative framework for digital advertising market share and audience share to be aligned;
    Creation of an observatory completely independent of the financing of conspiratorial and parasitic sites;
  5. Creation of a full-fledged Digital Ministry and permanent parliamentary committees in the two Assemblies;
  6. Reform of the public procurement code so that free digital offers no longer make it possible to escape competitive bidding procedures;
  7. Support of European digital solutions by public and private funds with strong diplomatic support to offer and promote these solutions to all countries – the “digital non-aligned” – wishing to opt for services respectful of European data and values.

→ Download the open letter from the OIP association to French presidential candidates (EN)

 

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 45 91 91

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OIP asks the PFUE to defend the interests of Europeans

OIP asks the PFUE to defend the interests of Europeans.

While European digital companies are offering genuine sovereign technologies and crying out to be showcased, defended and promoted, the OIP discovers with amazement the overrepresentation of American corporate lobbyists at a conference devoted to the « construction of Europe’s technological sovereignty through the development of European champions ».

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The Open Internet Project (OIP) learned with great astonishment and concern of the provisional program of the seminar entitled « Building Europe’s digital sovereignty », organized by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union on February 7 and 8 coming… While European digital companies are offering real sovereign technologies and calling for them to be highlighted, defended and promoted, the OIP discovers with amazement the overrepresentation of lobbyists from American companies at a conference devoted to the « building Europe’s technological sovereignty through the development of European champions ».

« Are the representatives of American interests the best placed to develop and present what European sovereignty should be ? »,
asks Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate of the OIP

As a European association of organizations and European digital industrialists, the OIP recalls that digital sovereignty cannot be built by importing technologies and services that make our economy and our administration abnormally dependent on extra-European actors. The OIP also recalls that even if it is important, the sole respect of European values ​​by American or Asian companies cannot in any case constitute a criterion of sovereignty. Finally, it recalls that the abuses of dominant position to which these non-European companies are accustomed, which are sanctioned far too lightly and belatedly, largely explain the apparent lack of European players able to compete in international competition.

The OIP therefore calls on the Council of the European Union and its presidency to develop a more ambitious, more European and active vision of the construction of true digital sovereignty, and to build it with Europeans rather than against them. She hopes that the final program of this seminar will reflect this.

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

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Welcome to our new website !

Welcome to our new website!

The Open Internet Project website has been revamped to allow Europeans to easily follow the news and actions adapted by the association.

Nouveau site OIP

The main mission of the Open Internet Project is to defend healthy competition in the European digital market. It is therefore within the framework of this mission that it is essential for the association to reinforce information to professionals in the sector, public authorities, or even individuals, on all the useful news concerning the situation of competition. in the European digital market.

The Open Internet Project is also an action association. Highlighting our vision and missions carried out by the association and its members allows European companies in the digital market to understand that they are not condemned to fight alone against abuses of a dominant position, or any other attack on fair competition on the market. the European digital market.

Open Internet Project works alongside innovative digital players who encounter problems of unfair competition in the European digital market. We see every day that the American Internet giants, the GAFAMs, do not respect our rules of the game, and abuse their dominant position in order to promote their own offers to the detriment of French and European players.

Whether it concerns the protection of personal data, digital sovereignty, competition on the merits of innovation, rules prevailing over the cloud, principles of privacy, respect for our laws, our institutions , our values, the fair distribution of value and the fair remuneration of creation and content, ..., Open Internet Project positions itself alongside European digital entrepreneurs to contribute to an open and ethical digital environment. , whose innovative and high-performance offers and solutions not only bring added value to European consumers, but also to the benefit of States, companies and citizens who all over the world value an open digital environment.

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, OIP General Delegate

The new site of the Open Internet Project will soon be accessible in English and German in order to raise awareness among the widest possible audience on the challenges of competition in the European digital market.

It is also possible to follow the Open Internet Project on Twitter  and LinkedIn.

The members of the Open Internet Project are: AT Internet, CEPIC, Clever Cloud, GESTE, GibMedia Group, GNI, Hubert Burda Media, Mailo, Qwant, Sacem, Smart AdServer, Solocal Group (formerly Pages Jaunes Groupe) , Visual Meta GmbH and Whaller (find out more our members).

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
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The European Parliament adopts the Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation by 642 votes against 8

The European Parliament adopts the Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation by 642 votes against 8.

The OIP welcomes the adoption of the DMA, which sends a clear message to the internet giants: if they do not respect our rules, the European Commission can at any time stop the abusive practices thanks to the precautionary measures.

Adoption DMA

The European association Open Internet Project (OIP) welcomes the adoption of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation last night by the European Parliament, by 642 votes to 8.

It is the adoption of a historic text that sends a clear message: in Europe, it is the legislator who imposes the rules, and not the internet giants.

In this regard, Article 22 on provisional measures is of major importance.

Only precautionary measures make it possible to interrupt abusive behavior and actions by Internet giants within a few months, quickly and effectively, to ensure that competition can develop under fair and equitable conditions by preventing procedures drag on for years. By replacing the terms “irreparable damage” with “immediate damage”, the European Parliament finally makes the use of precautionary measures applicable, and the European Commission will finally be able to pronounce them in the event of a serious and immediate risk weighing on competition.

The OIP sends its congratulations to Dr. Andreas Schwab, rapporteur of the text for the IMCO Commission, who fought for the text to be modified in this way and hopes that the Trialogue will validate the provisions relating to precautionary measures.

→ To learn more about the Digital Markets Act, click here.

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Advisor :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 45 91 91

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The OIP welcomes the decision of the European Court of Justice confirming the conviction of Google in the Google Shopping case, and calls for effective precautionary measures

The OIP welcomes the decision of the European Court of Justice confirming the conviction of Google in the Google Shopping case, and calls for effective precautionary measures.

The Open Internet Project (OIP) welcomes the decision of the European Court of Justice, which today upheld on appeal the conviction of Google by the European Commission in the Google Shopping case, in which the OIP was a party involved. This long-awaited decision on this emblematic case confirms the merits of the actions taken by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in regulating the abusive behavior of internet giants, and calls for measures to put an end to it much more quickly.

Cour de Justice Européenne

With this decision finding Google wrong despite the means deployed by the latter, the Court confirms that the European Commission was right to condemn Google in 2017 to a fine of 2.4 billion euros for preferential treatment of its own price comparator Google Shopping, to the detriment of its competitors.

This is a historic decision which confirms for the first time the principle that a digital player in a dominant position cannot promote its own services in a privileged way: preferential treatment is considered to be discriminatory and therefore prohibited and sentenced.

The OIP was a party to the case, which “officially” lasted more than 11 years!

« While the OIP is very satisfied with the outcome of this case, we recall that today we are celebrating this victory over the cemetery of price comparison sites to which Google has become a competitor, most of which have long since disappeared because no company can survive. 11 years against a multi-recidivist delinquent who abuses his dominant position on a market to crush his competitors.»
Quentin Adam, Co-President of the OIP

Given the investigation times that are totally incompatible with the reality of a constantly changing digital economy, the OIP recalls the need to make interim measures effective and applicable, in order to prevent devastating collateral effects such as those observed in this case and to end it before it is too late for the victims.

« Only precautionary measures can prevent the death of innovative competing players, because they make it possible to interrupt a presumed abusive practice in the very short term, the time that the investigation can then be carried out with the investigation on the merits.»
Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate of the OIP.

Contacts:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, General Delegate : +33607315126 –  l.k@openinternetproject.eu

Anaïs Strauss, Adviser :+33757503010 – anais.strauss@openinternetproject.eu

26, rue de l’Université • 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 45 91 91