Internet Student Paper Award 2017: Dissertation abstracts of top 10

On the fifth of December 2017, ISPA Belgium awarded the second Internet Student Paper Award to Elise Melchior with her thesis on the regulation of blockchain. ISPA Belgium received submissions of dissertations on very diverse topics related to the internet and from Flemish, Walloon and Brussels university students. The Internet Student Paper Award hopes to highlight the research on the internet of the master students. The price also wishes to stress the importance of the development of academic knowledge regarding the internet. For these reasons ISPA Belgium wishes to share the abstracts of the top ten entries to the second Internet Student Paper Award.


ISPA Belgium distributes for the second time the Internet Student Paper Award (I.S.P.A)

Brussel, 6 december 2017 – ISPA, De Vereniging van Belgische Internet Service Providers, heeft voor de tweede keer een scriptieprijs georganiseerd voor masterproeven handelend over het internet: de Internet Student Paper Award (I.S.P.A). Winnaar Elise Melchior, afgestudeerd aan de Universiteit van Namen (UNamur), bestudeerde in haar masterproef de nood aan regulering van blockchain. Ze werd tijdens een plechtigheid in Brussel beloond met een cheque van 1000 euro. De tweede prijs ging naar Pauline Limbrée, eveneens van de Universiteit van Namen (UNamur) met haar masterproef over hacking. De derde prijs ging naar Marte Sledsens van de Universiteit Gent (UGent) die haar thesis over Instagram schreef.

Bruxelles, le 6 décembre 2017 –  ISPA, L’Association belge des fournisseurs de service Internet, a organisé pour la deuxième année consécutive le prix récompensant le mémoire de fin d’étude traitant de questions liées à Internet : L’Internet Student Paper Award (I.S.P.A.). La gagnante, Elise Melchior de l’Université de Namur (UNamur), a été récompensée par un chèque d’une valeur de 1000€ pour son mémoire traitant de la régulation du Blockchain. Le second prix a été attribué à Pauline Limbrée de l’Université de Namur pour son mémoire sur le hacking et le troisième prix a été décerné à Marte Sledsens, de l’Université de Gand (UGent) qui a écrit sur le phénomène Instagram.


The Future of the Internet – 20 years of ISPA – 21 November 2017

















Dear ISPA Members, dear colleagues, dear friends,

ISPA, the Belgian Internet Service Providers Association, has the great pleasure of inviting you to ‘The Future of the Internet’ on Tuesday, November 21 2017. Not only will you be able to take part in innovative workshops but also, this event will be an opportunity to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of ISPA.

You will get the chance to try driving a Tesla, experience virtual reality and visit the ‘House of the Future’. As usual, our casual networking cocktail will follow in the evening.

Don’t forget to register on, places for the workshops are limited!

15.30 – 16.00 : Registration & welcome drink
16.00: Workshops with Tesla, Virtual Reality and ‘House of the Future’
18.30: Networking Cocktail

Practical information
When:  Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 15.30
Where:  “Living Tomorrow” – Indringingsweg 1, 1800 Vilvoorde

Easily accessible and ample parking space available.

We hope to see you there!


ISPA Activities report 2016 -2017

“This year ISPA celebrates its 20th year of existence as the representative body for Belgian Internet services provider. The association was established all those years ago with the aim of elevating the voice of the fledging Internet industry and ensuring Belgian regulation encouraged innovation in the exiting new sector. As we look back on the activities and achievements of ISPA in the past years, we clearly see that the founding members’ ambition bears more relevance than ever.”

Henri-Jean Pollet – ISPA President

Read the ISPA report 2016-2017 here.

Dissertation prize – the 2nd Internet Student Paper Award

Compete for the I.S.P.A.!

Have you written a dissertation on an Internet-related topic? Have you developed a revolutionary piece on Internet technology? Have you done in-depth research on a critical legal aspect? Have you reflected on the challenges of Internet governance? Then do not hesitate to compete for the second Internet Student Paper Award, or I.S.P.A.!


ISPA Annual Summer Cocktail 2017

On June 14, 2017 ISPA organised its yearly networking event, i.e. the annual Summer Cocktail at the BELvue museum in Brussels. It was a true success: over 60 key players of the Internet sectors were present. We are pleased to see the interesting conversations our guest engaged in and the advantage they took of networking possibilities that evening.

Henri-Jean Pollet, President of ISPA Belgium, kicked off the event by providing an insight in the global trends affecting the internet sector and the importance of ISPA in this context. Our guest speaker, Michel Van Bellinghen, President of the Council of the BIPT, gave a comprehensive overview of the strategic plan for the coming two years for the BIPT, with facts and figures and the priorities for this year, including introducing the 5G.

ISPA and its members want to thank everyone who attended our event and already looks forward setting up more network opportunities.