Further Reactions to Google and the US Senate

I posted a blog earlier today on Eric Schmidt’s testimony before a US Senate Subcommittee yesterday. As with many others, I focussed on Dr Schmidt and what he said, pointing out what I thought to be an acknowledgement of a fairly substantial shift over time in Google’s practices and the way it defends those practices. … read more

First Reactions to Google’s Appearance Before the US Senate

Eric Schmidt’s testimony before a US Senate Subcommittee yesterday told us much about Google’s planned strategy to defend itself in the face of a large number of competition law investigations. Simply put, the defence is that Google has no market power and is only trying to keep its customers happy. ICOMP and its members believe … read more

Five questions

On Wednesday 21st September, Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive Chairman will be testifying before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he will give his views on Google’s impact on the online marketplace as well as consumers. His interview with Christiane Amanpour, of ABC News programme “This Week” gives an insight into some of the themes that are … read more

ICOMP gets to grips with Hargreaves and European IP

On Thursday 8th September, representatives of the online licensing and content communities joined ICOMP members in London to close the 11th Council Meeting with a discussion on how to take forward the European Position on IP. ICOMP Director Auke Haagsma opened by casting minds back to comments made by Business Secretary Vince Cable at the … read more

ICOMP holds Advertising, the Creative Industries and the Online Marketplace Breakfast Seminar

Bright and early on Wednesday morning, an audience of industry stakeholders, regulators and press from across the online marketplace and, indeed, the globe gathered in London for the opening event of ICOMP’s 11th meeting of Council Members: a panel discussion on advertising, the creative industries and the online marketplace. The objective of the seminar was … read more

Uglii for level playing field

ICOMP Australia signatory Uglii has been a vocal advocate in leveling the playing field in search. Uglii is a business with two main areas: Uglii Global Directory Services; and Uglii Market Place Services. The system allows businesses who are registered to be found more easily, particularly for consumers searching for local businesses. The video below is an … read more

Forum on Innovation and the Digital Economy

Alan Fels speaks about innovation and the digital economyLast month, ICOMP Australia hosted its inaugural forum in Canberra titled “Innovation and the Digital Economy: A Regulatory Challenge?”, in co-operation with the Council of Australian Small Businesses (COSBOA). The forum was attended by government policy makers, academia, and representatives from Australia’s online business industry. The forum … read more