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A team of 50 greek bloggers visit the European Parliament



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by Nikos Vasilakos

The 50 Greek bloggers in the European Parliament informed greek and foreign MEPs for everything and mostly for their concerns regarding anonymity and data protection on the Internet and in blogs.

"We are active citizens, we say our view, spend time in dialogue. We are not anonymous. Psevdonymia in blogging is not anonymia and let us not forget that 'Greek Prefecture' (Elliniki Nomarhia) a famous greek manifesto during the 1821 revolution, was written by a guy named 'Anonymous the Greek'. Anonymity on the Internet is a fundamental right, related to free speach, same thing applies to blogs and blogging. It is the right of each blogger to write using his name or anonymously. "

"We are very cautious regarding companies and the pubic institutions which do not want anonymity on the Interned", said mr.S.Lambrinidis, head of group of PASOK (socialist party) in the European Parliament, "that is why we want to preserve the right of the internet users and bloggers to have anonymity. We believe that this way we are protecting freedom of expression. We are protecting everyone's right not to be prosecuted for his/her views, just because he posted an opinion on the Internet ".

The MEP PASOK miss.M.Matsouka gave the key stimuli discussion putting questions to bloggers for their position on the anonymity of the Internet and how expression through blogging.

Then the 50 bloggers attended a debate with Mr. T. Bunyan (Statewatch Director), Mr. B. Henrion, a representative of the FFII (www.ffii.org), Mrs S.in 't.Veld by the Commission Civil Liberties and the Commission issues Justice and Home Affairs, was followed by a discussion with Mr P. Hustinx responsible for the protection of personal data in the EU and Mr. M. Rottenberg by EPIC (www.epic.org).

"The Greek blogsphere is the new public space. Blogs came to replace the politically-sports-literary cafes which existed in Greece promoting democracy and dialogue. It is important for the freedom of speech on the internet to protect, enhance and extend the Greek blogsphere" said the 50 Greek bloggers to the parliamentarians.

On the second day greek bloggers met with associates of the Greek Commissioner, Mr. S. Dimas and representatives of the working team of the European Commission on personal data protection.

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