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Media freedom, EU media coverage and citizens. These are the issues being discussed by Fondation EurActiv PoliTech as part of its debate on media freedom, social media and the EU. Media freedom is a hot topic in several countries: from the controversy surrounding Hungary’s new media law, to the blocking of websites in Turkey and… » read more

A while ago I posted (Not losing sight of the basics) the idea that EUROPA could suffer if the EU Institution’s limited online communications resources were refocused on social media. While social media offers the EU a great deal, this could be a serious problem, particularly given EUROPA’s importance to any EU social media strategy.

József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010 boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that… » read more

The special BONUS EDRi-gram has been prepared by EDRi members and observers as a present for all EDRi’s website visitors an EDRi supporters. It contains information regarding the association European Digital Rights (EDRi), its Brussels Office and its newsletter.  As always, it is available under Creative Commons 3.0 BY licence.  It also gives you the… » read more

Article published in EDRi-gram 8.24. Free subscription ! In the case introduced by L’Oreal against auction site eBay and referred by the High Court of Justice (England and Wales) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) the Advocate General, Niilo Jaaskinen, published on 9 December 2010 its opinion that the site could not be considered… » read more

Article published in EDRi-gram 8.24. Free subscription ! The Council of Justice Ministers adopted a text on web blocking at its recent meeting in Brussels on 2-3 December 2010. The Belgian Presidency, for domestic reasons, felt obliged to adopt a text during its term of office. As a result, the outcome is a hastily cobbled… » read more

Article published in EDRi-gram 8.24. Free subscription ! Private-sector attempts to undermine and attack the ability of WikiLeaks to function on the Internet have attracted much attention. Their domain name (wikileaks.org) was was taken out of service by EveryDNS, their ability to collect funds was restricted by Paypal, Visa and Mastercard while Amazon deleted their… » read more

Published in EDRi-gram 8.23 The legislative process on Internet blocking is about to move from almost standstill to almost completed between now and the beginning of February. In the Council of Ministers, an informal agreement is planned for the Justice Council in December, while the MEP in charge in the Parliament will present her draft… » read more

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