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Bloggingportal.eu launched!

Finally! We launched Bloggingportal.eu! The new place to read EU blogs and keep yourself updated on the EU blogosphere. We have been working on it for almost one year in our free time. At the moment we are aggregating almost 300 blogs and we are publishing a daily editors choice selection! Check it out!

It is a multilingual portal, it is still a beta version,  but at the same time totally independent, without any sponsorship and we do welcome any comments and hints how to improve the site! So get in touch with us! You can also follow us on twitter: @bloggingportal.

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The Relaunch: Kosmopolito.org is the new kosmopolit!

Finally I have done it. This blog is moving to its own domain. The new name, Kosmopolito instead of Kosmopolit, also shows the new concept of the blog:

There will more authors (details will be posted soon!) which also means hopefully more interesting posts! Moreover, the name change reflects the European perspective of the blog as “Kosmopolito” is the Esperanto version of Kosmopolit or cosmopolitan. It seems as if the export/import process worked rather well, and all posts have been tranferred to the new domain (only embedded videos did not really work). However, I will not update the kosmopolit.wordpress.com blog anymore, so please update your bookmarks, RSS feeds, blogrolls … and enjoy the new page with the new design and a whole bunch of new features!

www.kosmopolito.org

http://www.kosmopolito.org/feed/

If you find any problem/bug with the new page, please do let me know! Thanks!

Marianne Mikko and the Blogs – Reloaded

Does anyone remember this story? The European Parliament was accused of trying to regulate blogs… of course this was not really the case. Basically Marianne Mikko (MEP) did not understand blogging and made some strange recommendation in a EP resolution (which has no legal weight whatsoever!).

Anyway, today the EUobserver reports that this story has also arrived in Sweden:

Swedish media have erroneously reported that the EU plans to register and bill all bloggers, setting off a firestorm of reaction in the country.

Politicians of all political stripes and most major media outlets have since furiously attacked the idea as another example of Big Brother snooping into people’s daily lives, while the MEP at the heart of the controversy has been compared to Romanian dictator Nikolae Ceausescu.

The article makes some good reading if you are interested in

a) How long it takes for a topic to spread across Europe… The whole issue came up more than a month ago! Another interesting thing is how the story was transformed … the ‘first’ debate a month ago was about a “quality mark and some disclosure remarks”; now the Swedish debate was about EU  plans to “register and bill all bloggers”.

b) How national and European debates mix. The new surveillance legislation in Sweden is of course a good context for the blog topic, although both originated within different policy areas. However, it seems to me that the bigger scandal is indeed the new Swedish law…

c) A bold political statement: “She has a hole in her head”

d) More proofs that blogging and presumably the Internet are not properly understood … In the words of Ms Mikko: “The Economist is a valuable brand, its articles are trusted by readers without contributors having to reveal their names,” she said. “If there is a way to validate the best bloggers the same way that publishing in the Economist validates its writers, it should be done.”

A Northern Perspective offers an explanation why we see this kind of debate in Sweden:

A combination of  a lack knowledge of how the EU works, British type tabloid sensationalism and the hidden agenda of a certain group of so-called liberals can make wonders in influencing the public opinion, a very useful thing in these days when the future of the Union is very much at stake.