From Privacy to Freedom of Expression: the Continuum in 2015 – 2020.
AVPR/DICYT MAPPING Annual General Assembly, Hannover, September 22-23, 2015. The annual event
of the MAPPING project, www.mappingtheinternet.eu, has become a recognised European
platform for the exchange of views of a multi-stakeholder community. The very wide-ranging
discussions this year focused on inter-related issues such as privacy, security and freedom of
expression, as well as intellectual property rights.
The Hannover 2015 General Assembly also hosted a panel presentation by the new UN
Special Rapporteur on Privacy, Professor Joe Cannataci; his first public speech before a live
audience since he took up this new UN mandate on August 1st, 2015.
One of the fundamental outputs of this dialogue was the presentation of the MAPPING draft
Road Map, a contribution to new and emerging EU policy on the digital transition. MAPPING
has started to chart the Road Map through its different clusters of dialogue, with a focus on the
three substantive areas of concern for the project: internet governance, privacy, and intellectual
The next annual conference will take place in Prague in October 2016, yet another milestone in
the on-going MAPPING process, addressing open questions about the relationship between the
Internet and society.