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Fundamental rights: shameful manoeuvring of the French socialists (and others)

Update : The French S&D MEPs succeeded, to obtain the deletion of the 4th part. Shame on them. Further update after analysis of the votes. The governmental right wing parties (PPE and ECR) voted for the deletion of parts 2 and 4 as could be expected. The S&D (social-democrats) voted in most cases for keeping […]

Will French Parliamentarians Consent to a Democratorship?

Numerous reactions are now being voiced against the inclusion in the 2014-2019 Defense Bill of article 13 whose provisions enable a pervasive surveillance of online data and communications. Gilles Babinet, appointed in 2012 as French Digital Champion to Nellie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, was quoted [fr] […]

A senior beginner

Photo Jean Salvat Madeleine V. is my partner’s aunt. She just started using computers and the internet, a 95 years old beginner. Yesterday, we received her first email. She was motivated and assisted by the staff of Résidence Canarie, the old people’s home in Argelès-Gazost. I promised her a post on this blog is she […]

The maelström of Violet

See footnote for more on the context of this entry1. Five dancers at the back of the scene. Motionless, regularly spaced. On the left, a drums set, the usual instruments of electronic music, and an also immobile musician. It lasts, and tension builds. Then one of them, the taller one, starts to raise his arm […]

It’s just time

In Europe and elsewhere, societies are in a strange state. Even when not voicing it, many are indignant at social injustice, at the apathy in face of ecological challenges, at the ruling groups, their blind economicism and their colluded interests, at the development of pervasive control and surveillance. Meanwhile, citizens and societal groups develop new […]

Elements for the reform of copyright and related cultural policies

Now that the ACTA treaty has been rejected by the European Parliament, a period opens during which it will be possible to push for a new regulatory and policy framework adapted to the digital era. Many citizens and MEPs support the idea of reforming copyright in order to make possible for all to draw the […]

Digital Cultures @ Women’s Forum

Shoring uncertain times (10 January 2009)

Almost 6 years ago, I spent in Washington DC the 8 last days before the start of the US war on Iraq. I wrote a “diary of the last days before the preventive wars”. These times were dominated by a feeling of ineluctability, the certainty of what would happen and of consequences, even if one […]