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Attention of Dutch hosting industry drawn to digital pollution

In 2014, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the Dutch national police, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) started a collaborative project, called ‘Nederland Schoon’ in Dutch (which corresponds to ‘clean Netherlands’ in English). Its objective is to improve the self-cleaning capacity of the Dutch hosting industry.

TU Delft has developed a method to measure digital pollution on the Dutch internet. On the basis of the results of these measurements, ACM and the national police in 2015 sat down with the hosting providers of the most polluted networks in the Netherlands. In these discussions, ACM and the national police found that the industry is willing to tackle the problem of digital pollution in the Netherlands. That willingness is also reflected by the initiatives launched by trade organizations DHPA and ISPConnect. These organizations provide tools that enable their members to measure and deal with the pollution in their networks in a relatively easy manner. The project group of ‘Nederland Schoon’ wholeheartedly welcomes such initiatives.

In the meantime, TU Delft continues to take measurements. In the next few months, the project group will assess how the digital pollution on the Dutch internet has developed.