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And we thought it was just the Arab World

June 27th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

The EU has passed a draft law making anonymous blogs illegal.

To run a blog, you would have to register with your full – and real – name. And it’s all because we are polluting the internet with “misinformation and malicious intent”.

Egypt tried to do it, and failed. Syria tried to do it, and failed. The difference is, Europe knows what it is doing.

Privacy International rates parts of the EU as being the worst places in the world for protecting your personal information – yes, worse than the Arab World.

For Big Brother, look West.


8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Farrah // Jun 27, 2008 at 1.31 am

    What justifications did they offer? Any specific events?

  • 2 sasa // Jun 27, 2008 at 1.47 am

    No specific events Farrah – just our “misinformation and malicious intent”. Now, where have I heard that phrase before?

  • 3 rami a. rahman // Jun 27, 2008 at 6.26 am

    give credit where its due

  • 4 sasa // Jun 27, 2008 at 6.40 am

    Where’s that?

  • 5 rami a. rahman // Jun 27, 2008 at 10.07 am

    its on my blog

    just so you know, I fixed the title, because EU does not want to ban anonymous blogging, it is debating whether to do so.

  • 6 sasa // Jun 27, 2008 at 10.53 am

    Thanks Rami. I actually saw it on a different blog – I’ve linked to that site.

    And it’s a draft law – which means it will have a vote in the European Parliament before it becomes law.

  • 7 norman // Jun 27, 2008 at 4.51 pm

    Hi SASA,

    Can Syria offer people from the EU access to the internet to register their blogs without registering their names for a fee, i think Syria will have a good revenue.

  • 8 sasa // Jun 27, 2008 at 10.10 pm

    Impossible. Unless people in Europe dial up to the internet using an international (Syrian) phone number, which would cost ridiculous amounts every minute. It would also mean no broadband. And there’s no way the Syrian phone network could cope. It’s impossible.

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