10Dec 18

Internet Regulation & Business

Brussels, Belgium, • English

Could Internet-related laws and regulations prevent your business benefitting from the potential of technology?


These days all businesses, not just those in the technological sector, rely on an interoperable, seamless Internet ecosystem to advertise, sell or interact with their entire supply chain and sales channels. Indeed, this is crucial for helping businesses and other groups of people reap the benefits of ICT and seize further opportunities for growth, jobs and prosperity. However, certain binding public policy requirements, privacy and security among them, could end up creating laws and regulations that impose hidden restrictions on trade. Moreover, these constraints would inevitably necessitate additional regulatory planning and compliance for businesses, at the national, European and global levels – in short, everywhere.

Governments’ Internet-related policies that are not timely or scalable and fail to drive innovation could deter investments in such areas as AI, IoT, cloud computing, data analytics, industrial automation, etc. Consequently, whether here in Belgium, in Europe, in the USA, in China or anywhere else, governments ought to make sure that all citizens and companies are able to realise the Internet’s full potential as a platform for innovation and economic growth, namely by adopting policies that facilitate the adoption of new technologies and the global transfers of the data that drive them.

Companies, including SMEs, need to heighten their awareness of the changing legal risks associated with Internet-related business activities and the impact they can have on the development of new products and services, the deployment of marketing strategies or Belgium’s or Europe’s innovative competitiveness. This is vital for assessing potential liabilities and compliance requirements for your business associated with the use of new technologies as well as for evaluating how you may be affected by Internet-related policies.


14:00Introduction – setting the scene
14:20Benefits for business from Internet: rapid technological innovations shaping the future of business:

·         Big Data and Blockchain technology – Claudia Selli (AT&T)

·         Cloud computing and artificial intelligence in day-to-day business operations – Bruno Schroder (Microsoft)

·         Internet of Things and Remote participation/communication – Danielle Jacobs (Beltug)

15:20Potential internet-related risks for business:

·         The importance of (business) engaging in Internet governance and legislative discussions

·         How the policies which govern the technical functioning of the Internet, particularly domain name system, are developed

·         The growing body of legislative and regulatory proposals which are emerging in Europe and worldwide, which are likely to impact Internet and those organizations that rely on it.

o   by Jean-Jacques Sahel (ICANN EU)

16:00The threat of Data Protection (GDPR) and Internet Governance on effective IP enforcement – Alexander Heirwegh (Petillion)
16:20Trends in internet-related regulations:

·         Overview of recent legislative initiatives in the EU and how they can drive digital transformation of the European industry – Mieke de Regt (Counsellor for Digital Single Market at the Permanent  Representation of Belgium to the EU)

·         AI, regulation and ethics – Lorelien Hoet (Microsoft)

17:00Best practices for compliance and risk management in internet-related matters for businesses:

·         Panel and Q&A with all speakers – Moderator: Flip Petillion

17:30Networking cocktail


Mieke de RegtCounsellor for Digital Single Market at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU
Alexander HeirweghAssociate, Petillion
Lorelien HoetGovernment Affairs Director Belux, Microsoft
Danielle JacobsGeneral Manager, Beltug
Flip PetillionFounder and Managing Partner, Petillion
Jean-Jacques SahelManaging Director of the Brussels Office, Vice-President for Europe and Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN
Bruno SchroderNational Technology Officer, Microsoft
Claudia SelliEU Affairs Director, AT&T

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