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Net neutrality and business gender neutrality in the EU

I yesterday had the pleasure to meet around 35 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from leading firms with an interest in broadband and the Internet.
Neelie Kroes: Working with businesses to deliver the internet revolution

This is exactly why Neelie Kroes and Viviane Reding are so concerned about women’s representation at the highest levels:

I’ve blogged before about getting Every Woman Digital. I continue to find it troubling that women are under-represented in the ICT sector at every level, and particularly in decision-making positions. And the situation doesn’t seem to be getting better.
Every woman digital – plugging the ICT skills gap

This is a real problem. Women are under-represented from engineers to executives, and it’s a great shame and a great waste of talent. I have no answers, although I don’t believe in ‘positive discrimination’: discrimination is discrimination whether it’s positive or negative, and should be shunned. But this picture shows the size of the problem.

It’s just a pity that in the rest of her blog, Ms Kroes goes on to repeat the same sort of double-speak that we have come to expect from Europe.

I was clear that whatever needed to be done should be in full respect of competition rules. On net neutrality, I remain convinced that we should maintain a robust, best-efforts internet with access for all, and that we also need to allow new business models under fair conditions. BEREC is currently analysing the current situation very thoroughly and we will study the results carefully.
Working with businesses to deliver the internet revolution

‘Access to all’ does not net neutrality make. And “we also need to allow new business models under fair conditions” is simply code for allowing ISPs to charge more for heavy users. I have strong concerns that net neutrality is doomed if the EC gets its way. It’s a shame that the EC isn’t as concerned about business net neutrality as it is about business gender neutrality.

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