希臘:網際網路治理論壇、政府關閉文化入口網站

聯合國在希臘雅典舉辦「網際網路治理論壇」(Internet Governance Forum),也就是之前 CNet 新聞報導中國代表說沒有任何管制的會議。Kofi Annan 前聯合國安理會秘書長推動讓聯合國來管 Internet,大家都說萬萬不可,這樣真的不會比較好。GVO 談 IGF

The UN taking over the internet. That should really, really, really worry anyone with half a brain. Currently, the internet is governed by ICANN, a private organization which has virtually no real oversight, but pays lip service to the US in tht area. Kofi Annan has pushed initiatives to give governance of the internet to the UN. Imagine that political mess governing speech on the internet. This Should Scare You – Blue Crab Boulevard

在那之後,Talkback: Internet middle ages in Greece 傳來希臘右派政府文化部關閉經營四年多的希臘文化入口網站 Cultureguide.gr 的消息。網際網路的打壓、預算撤回、網站關閉,希臘網際網路彷彿回到中世紀的黑暗時代。

One day after the opening of the Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece, which was attended by prime minister Kostas Karamanlis, cultureguide.gr, Greece?s most successful cultural website was shut down by the Ministry of Culture. The incident happened at a time when international media were criticizing the country on the unprecedented case of censorship against blogme.gr, a search engine for Greek blogs, which was suspended, while its administrator , Mr. Andonis Tsipropoulos was arrested without prior notice at his residence in Athens.

Cultureguide.gr was ran by a team of seven journalists, who were covering all cultural events taking place in Greece. The project started its operation in June 2002 and soon managed to become the country?s most popular cultural website, visited by more than 10,000 internet users daily. It was also, Greece?s sole voice on culture abroad, since it had an exceptionally updated English language edition.

在政府更替的民主流行時代,這樣的新聞不會是只有希臘才有。意識形態清理,文化工具是否能夠獲得內容上、財務上、立場上的獨立與尊重,實在不是一件理所當然的事情。不過發生在 IGF 結束後沒有幾天,這實在是非常相當的諷刺。所有的會議活動嘉年華節慶,是否能夠與政治現實務實對話?官方與民間的差異,以及互相的正向競合關係,這會是關心這些議題的 NGO 所需要面對的全球挑戰。

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