I have always been positive about the European Union and the MEP’s but now I have to say “something is rotten in the.. EU!”
I stumbled upon a new report made by the Estonian Socialist and MEP Marianne Mikko. In the report she states that bloggers “are in a position, however, to considerably pollute cyberspace”.
So she thinks blogs and bloggers should be registered in order to protect the public.
I think the public is still very trusting towards blogs, it is still seen as sincere. And it should remain sincere. For that we need a quality mark, a disclosure of who is really writing and why.
Quote Marianne Mikko.
The Germans are also afraid. German Liberal Jorgo Chatzimarkakis said the following about blogs:
…imagine pressure groups, professional interests or any other groups using blogs to pass on their message. Blogs are powerful tools, they can represent an advance form of lobbyism, which in turn can be seen as a threat
First of all perhaps the MEP’s should try to look into the blogosphere. They don’t have to imagine that blogs at some time in the future could be used as lobbyism. It’s already happening all over the Internet.
And second – why should this be a threat?? If some of the MEP’s really think that bloggers are a threat because they write blogs anonymously they perhaps have to learn a little more about the blogosphere. An anonymous blogger are not considered credible. They have the same status as a anonymous person who sends a letter. Almost nobody thinks they are credible.
Another reason for why bloggers have to be restrained stated by Marianne Mikko is:
We already have too much spam, misinformation and malicious intent in cyberspace
Well that’s normally not coming from bloggers but from somebody else who wants to earn money on bloggers and the rest of the Internet users.
I must say that I don’t hope that EU adopt this report. It will be a threat to our freedom of speech IMO.
I would also like that everybody on the Internet and in the blogosphere would write under their own name and not anonymously – but I would NEVER support anybody who wants to force people to do that by law. It’s crazy…!