first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more Almost a third of the population uses the Internet, up from only half a million people in 1998. Ninety per cent are men between 24 and 45, two-thirds of them with a university degree or the equivalent.This rapid growth is partly because Brussels, the capital of Europe and site of the European Union’s major institutions, was a pioneer of introducing new technology. The growth of the Internet is also fed by the many commercial incentives offered by fiercely competing local ISPs.Belgium is keen on free expression and human rights, but it was one of the first European countries to pass a law on retention of Internet connection data. In 2001, even before the 11 September attacks, such retention had been extended to a year. The concern to have and use this information is probably because the country has been traumatised in recent years by several paedophilia scandals and the exploitation of children through the Internet. June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belgium News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Follow the news on Belgium News November 23, 2020 Find out more News LINKS:center_img to go further BelgiumEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts BelgiumEurope – Central Asia -Electronique Libre association- Internet Rights Observatory RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation last_img read more

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