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    Reactions to Juncker’s State of the Union speech show the difficulties in creating a European public sphere online

Reactions to Juncker’s State of the Union speech show the difficulties in creating a European public sphere online

Can platforms like Twitter facilitate the creation of a European public sphere? Based on an analysis of tweets during Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘State of the Union 2016’ speech, Javier Ruiz-Soler outlines how Twitter can be conceived of as a ‘networked public sphere’ in which citizens have the potential to engage in a more democratic and participative form of political conversation. […]

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Ethically assessing surveillance: CCTV, PRISM and Facebook

Technological developments and a heightened fear of terrorism has resulted in the rapid expansion of surveillance in the last 15 years, to the extent that critics now describe the UK as a ‘surveillance state’. John Guelke outlines the philosophical debates around surveillance ethics and argues that privacy is being eroded not just by the state but by our own […]

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The New Circulations of Culture: Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data

Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data, yet we have little understanding of how this is happening or what the consequences might be. Dave Beer argues that we need to try to understand the ‘politics of circulation’ that underpins contemporary culture – that we need to try to understand how data circulate back into […]

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Brussels blog round-up for 27 April – 3 May: A dreary May Day, the ECB cuts rates, and could Spain become the Florida of Europe?

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging.  The EU centre and the crisis  Ahead of elections to the European Parliament in May 2014, Jon Worth previews potential candidates for the post of EU Commission President from the Party of European Socialists. Meanwhile, Grahnlaw reflects on recent pro-federalism comments by the current EU Commission President Jose Manuel […]

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The real innovation in Beppe Grillo’s campaigning is not his use of social media, but his success in using the Internet to bring together activists at the grassroots level.

The success of Beppe Grillo’s Five-Star Movement in February’s Italian elections has focused attention on his use of the Internet as a campaigning tool. Duncan McDonnell argues that many of the techniques he has adopted, such as using social media in political communications, are not as revolutionary as they are often portrayed. The real innovation has been his and the […]

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The Euroblogosphere has great potential to contribute to the European public sphere, but it is currently restricted by a lack of deep debate and the dominance of English.

The Euroblogosphere now consists of many hundreds of blogs, all commenting on different aspects of Europe, its politics and policies. But are blogs in Europe part of a European Public Sphere? Using interviews with European bloggers, Javier Ruiz Soler finds that despite the seeming lack of deep level debate and the over presence of English, blogging is a growing contributor […]

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Brussels blog round up for 20- 26 October – EU development aid at the crossroads, hunger strikes in Italy and Poland, and will the eurocrisis break-up member states?

Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU centre On Tuesday, the European Commission outlined its work programme for 2013. Public Affairs 2.0 discusses the importance of the programme for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso as it represents the last opportunity for his Commission to shape its legacy prior to the end of […]

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Book Review: Global Media and Communication Policy

When The Sun newspaper published naked photos of Prince Harry last week, other publications shied away, not wanting to embroil themselves in issues of Royal privacy under Lord Leveson’s watchful eye. Rupert Murdoch claimed that there was a “clear public interest” in publishing the photographs “in order for the debate around them to be fully informed”. In his new book, Petros Iosifidis calls […]

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September 2nd, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Brussels blog round up for 25 – 31 August: Taking Draghi seriously, EU encouraging over-fishing in Africa, and is European identity in crisis?

Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU centre In July, the European Commission proposed a substantial package of reforms of the Common Fisheries Policy which are due to be voted on in the European Parliament next month. Alice Fourrier at Fride writes that the reforms overlook the growing problem of EU fishing vessels […]

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Five minutes with Marietje Schaake MEP on ACTA and the role of the internet in politics: “The mere existence of the internet has the potential to improve human rights in the European neighbourhood and beyond.”

In July, the European Parliament voted against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The agreement, which sought to develop international standards for managing copyright infringements, had been strongly criticised on the basis that it would limit internet freedoms and reduce civil liberties. In an interview with EUROPP editor Chris Gilson, Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake, who has been called ‘Europe’s most […]

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Brussels blog round up for 28 July – 3 August: Croatia shames tax evaders, Draghi disappoints and will Europe become a world power?

Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre Open Europe examine the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey, noting in particular that trust in the EU has reached an “all time low” amongst European citizens. EU Foreign policy and the European neighbourhood The European Student Think Tank looks at EU migration and asylum […]

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Brussels blog round up for 21 – 27 July: German pensions under threat, NATO stagnates in Europe, and is Spain heading for a full bailout?

Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre The European Parliament recently made it mandatory for all MEPs to make a formal ‘declaration of financial interests’. Aimed at increasing transparency, particularly in the aftermath of the ‘cash for amendments’ scandal published by the Sunday Times last year, the declaration has, […]

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Brussels blog round up for 14 – 20 July: EU funded research to become open access, Sicily on the verge of bankruptcy, and who really runs the EU?

Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre EU Logos at Blogactiv.eu praises a new directive signed last week by the Parliament and the Council guaranteeing rights to victims of crime within the EU. The agreement ensures that victims will have access to support measures, such as free counselling services, […]

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Brussels blog round up for 7 – 13 July: Vaccine bonds under threat, Romania’s referendum row, and will the UK become an EU free-rider?

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre EU Logos at Blogactiv.eu looks at the European Parliament’s call for a directive on basic banking services, as 30 million adult Europeans lack a bank account. Later, they discuss the creation of a European observatory for cultural and religious pluralism, which will focus on the plight […]

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Brussels blog round up for 30 June – 6 July: ACTA is voted down, the ghosts of the European family, and the two faces of Barroso.

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre This week Cyprus begins its six month stint as the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Karpenteich at Blogactiv.eu says that this role puts an extra burden on the island which has recently fallen on hard times, and has had to ask for a […]

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Brussels blog round up for 16 – 22 June 2012: ACTA rejected by the European Parliament, Europe in the dock at the G20, and is there a life beyond Brussels jargon?

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre Commissioner Georgieva’s blog says that the activation EU’s Civil Protection mechanism by Greece for help to fight forest fires is sending that country a clear message that the EU stands by it. Coulisses de Bruxelles looks at Germany’s efforts to create a federal Europe and France’s […]

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Brussels blog round up for 9 – 15 June 2012: Preparing for Rio+20, liquid democracy and is Italy next in line for a bailout?

Chris Gilson and Julian Kirchherr take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre How can we make the European Union (EU) more democratic? Last week, Debating Europe’s partner think-tank, Friends of Europe, held a seminar with EuropaNova in Brussels for the ‘40 under 40’ European Young Leaders. The group hopes that new and innovative tools such as “liquid democracy” could help democratize political processes in the […]

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The road to professionalism for local Arab media after the Arab Spring will undoubtedly be very long and thorny.

The Arab Spring has transformed the scope of traditional media in North Africa and the Middle East. Fatima El-Issawi is leading an LSE research project on ‘Arab Revolutions: Media Revolutions’. As part of EUROPP’s coverage of the European neighbourhood, she explains how the project aims to find out what changes the Arab Spring might bring to the media in the Middle East. […]

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Brussels blog round up for 5 – 11 May 2012: A rotten dilemma in Greece, Hollande faces early tests, and what has the EU done for the UK?

Chris Gilson and Julian Kirchherr take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre Europe needs jobs: The European Economic and Social Committee calls for more women entrepreneurs to boost employment. Meanwhile, MladiInfo on BlogActiv.eu finds that internships are a helpful first step for young people to find full-time employment. Jobs are lost in traditional industries, while new opportunities emerge […]

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Book Review: Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives, edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa

Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives is an insightful addition to the discussion about how we define legitimate and illegitimate targets in war, and what part the media has played in both the public and policy makers ideas about these decisions. Reviewed by Kate Saffin.   Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. Edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa. Sage Publications. […]

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