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Discussing EU blogging and the unlinked EU blogosphere

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My post on “The unlinked EU blogosphere” that I wrote as a complement to my post “On the state of EU blogging” has seen some follow-up in the last 9 days, so let’s take stock. First, the new Bruegel blog used the occasion to proclaim that Europeans can’t blog. To make their point a little […]

Polished academic blogging on the EUROPP blog

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“We have no editorial ‘line’ except a commitment to communicating social science research and commentary in ways that enhance public debate and understanding.” (About, LSE EUROPP blog) Yesterday, a blog post of mine was published on the LSE EUROPP blog. I had proposed the title “On the State of EU Blogging” – a bit bold […]

2012: The year in which the Commission realised the existence of online social networks

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The following are quotes from the Commission meeting minutes of 22 February 2012 from their debate about ACTA: “[Reding] concluded by highlighting the rising influence of social networks on the Internet and the need for the Commission to take account of this in its communication policy and in dealing with various dossiers. Instructions had already been given to the […]

EU leaks, lobbying and the Deutsche Börse – NYSE merger

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Some weeks ago, the Commission refused to give its agreement to the merger of Deutsche Börse and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). I’m not in the position to judge this decision, but the public minutes of the College meeting of 1 February where this decision was taken reveal an interesting argumentation concerning lobbying and leaks […]

Happy birthday: Bloggingportal.eu turns 3

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Update: See the collective anniversary post by 12 Bloggingportal.eu editors! Tomorrow, on 26 January 2012, Bloggingportal.eu celebrates its third birthday. I haven’t been an editor right from the start, but I followed the development of the portal right from the beginning, and for me it feels as if the journey we went through was much longer […]

#28c3: Hack the EU or why politics should take note of a hacker congress

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Yesterday, I’ve found my way to the Chaos Communication Congress 2011 in Berlin to take a look “Behind enemy lines” at a congress bringing together German and international hackers of all kind (note: most talks are on Youtube). At first sight, such a meeting does not seem to be relevant for the political sphere, in particular […]

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