Net neutrality 2.0. Router Freedom and device neutrality and in Europe
2020-12-28, 16:30–16:45, OIO/A:F Stage
Language: English

Since 2013 the Free Software Foundation Europe has been fighting for the right users have to choose and use their own routers and modems. After the successful for net neutrality in Europe in 2015, users in Europe have the right to freely choose routers and modems to access the Internet. Router Freedom is the standard, empowering users to control their devices with clear advantages for security, privacy and ecological footprint.

Now, challenges on national implementation of the European rules will put this right under risk. In parallel new demands are being posed against commercial practices involving software that is sold with hardware by default, for instance operating system in laptops, browsers and app stores.

The talk will provide an overview on the recent successes for router freedom and the legal challenges against net neutrality in Europe.

Lucas is the FSFE's Deputy Legal Coordinator and Associate Researcher at the Humboldt University. He has background in contract and technology Law. Prior to FSFE, Lucas had experience in Brazil and Russia with e-commerce, transfer of technology, telecommunications and arbitration. Over the years he got experience in the academic sector as well, achieving a Master and PhD in law. For him Free Software is a precondition for a safe, neutral and healthy digital environment.