The MAPPING (Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance) project was launched in 2014 with the aim of creating an all-round and joined-up understanding of the many and varied economic, social, legal and ethical aspects of the recent developments on the Internet. It also explores the consequences of these developments for the individual and society at large, focusing in particular on three complementary and interlinked problem areas: Intellectual Property Rights, Privacy and Internet Governance.

DiploFoundation is a partner member of the MAPPING consortium. MAPPING is co-financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project commenced in March 2014 and is scheduled to run until February 2018.

About the project

The goal of MAPPING (Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance) is to create an all-round and common understanding of the many and varied economic, social, legal and ethical aspects of the recent developments on the Internet, and their consequences for the individual and society at large. Building on the results of several EU FP7 projects including CONSENT (covering on-line consent and privacy in social networks, SMART ( and RESPECT (, MAPPING would specifically investigate and debate the existing innovation policies, business models and legal framework related to the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe and the changes needed to set up an improved governance structure for the EU innovation ecosystem.

The key to MAPPING’s success would be its planned mobilisation of a wide spectrum of ICT-related stakeholders and social actors from both EU Member States and associated countries. This will include academics, law and policy makers, ISPs, international and EU Internet governance bodies, NGOs and civil society organisations. The project would provide these actors with a fora for informed discussion of issues related to the digital transition -issues such as problems of personal data and IPR protection online; business models and e-government applications based on the use of personal data; economic exploitation of IPR and open innovation.

MAPPING would then move to create an Action Plan and put forward workable policy guidelines. These will be based on a multidisciplinary perspective on the latest and foreseeable developments in ICTs taking into account conflicting interests, perceptions and practices of different societal actors that shape the EU’s technological future. MAPPING would thus significantly contribute to creating an enabling framework for completing the digital transition and improving the innovation climate in the EU.

Project goals

The primary objectives of the MAPPING project are to:

  • Provide fora for the stakeholders, where research meets practice for better coordination and utilisation of knowledge
  • Foster and contribute to the debate in the 3 focus areas: Internet Governance, Privacy and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Map Internet Governance: describing status quo and offering a platform for discussions, to include  desirable developments from an EU perspective
  • Chart right to privacy considerations in the development of business models using personal data
  • Refresh Intellectual Property Rights debate: balancing exclusive rights with the interests of growth and innovation
  • Ensure public engagement: bringing science closer to society
  • Determine a Road Map for further engagement and learning


For more details, visit the MAPPING website. To get in touch with DiploFoundation's contact person for the MAPPING project, e-mail Ms Tereza Horejsova at

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