Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance (MAPPING) is a research project funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement № 612345. MAPPING’s goal is to create 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, and their consequences for individuals and society at large.

The MAPPING project set up a process to better understand the issues of Internet Governance, Privacy and Intellectual Property Rights from a 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.