The MAPPING project set up a process to better understand the issues of Internet Governance, Privacy and Intellectual Property Rights from an EU perspective. For these three topics the link to human rights is essential. However, human rights are not only European, they also have a global dimension like the Internet.

Among other issues, MAPPING has discussed and reported on technical realities shaping the Internet (such as the use choice of certain network protocols, use of encryption technology, net neutrality, etc.), worked on the current and possible future situation for Intellectual Property Rights (Copyright, Trademark, etc.) and thought about the impact of business models on privacy. Furthermore, the feasibility and potential of Online Dispute Resolution was studied. This could be a useful tool to improve speed and reduce costs when settling a legal problem.

A better understanding of these issues can also result in better business models and practices and create a more competitive and innovative European economy.