Tomorrow, one more round

A busy day on the internets. has been under severe traffic load during the day, sometimes hard to reach, most of it owing to the doodle on The Pirate Bay.

However, we are making fantastic politics now! With my hands constantly on the keyboard, and my eyes plastered to tunnel vision irssi irc-screens, people in Sweden report having called ITRE-members in the UK, Spain, France, Finland… and hundreds of individually written e-mails are reaching MEPs as we speak. Raising the important issue of the telecoms package and amandment 138/42.

This is, in my opinion, how internet politics can function on a good day. Everyone can contribute with knowledge sharing, faster than any other media. By being many people riding the fastest communications media ever seen on planet earth, we can make a difference!

I usually only write about internet politics in Swedish. This is a failure – a failure in communications. The IPRED 1, the data retention directive, the telecoms package, etc. are all going down in Brussels, and by being limited to merely acting within the old nation states, we miss out doing what we are doing now – acting on EU-legislation in the making.

I am impressed by what so many people are doing right now in member states. There is one more day tomorrow. Make sure you wake ITRE-members up with a phone call saying that you care about an open internet. Instructions can be found on, or if the site goes down, go to La Quadrature du Net.

Traditional media (in Sweden) have not yet made any serious attempts at raising this issue, not even reporting about it. It is their failure in communications, not ours. We’ll just have to do it on our own…

2 reaktioner till “Tomorrow, one more round”

  1. ”I usually only write about internet politics in Swedish. This is a failure…” I agree – not that it is a failure that YOU haven’t written in another language than Swedish, but that the discussion often is limited to Swedish. With all the talk of European integration (good or bad, that’s where we’re heading), why don’t we as citizens make more use of the intertubes to organize ourselves on a European level, in order to influence the decisions made in Brussels?

    The entertainment industry has plenty of lobbyists influencing our MEPs, while PP-International only seems to make a noticable impact in Sweden. If we can lift the issues, and manage to engage activists in other member states (who write in blogs and editorials, who come together and demonstrate, etc.), I believe our issues eventually would be seriously considered in the parliament.

    Collaboration within the different groups in the European Parliament is not always friction free, as MEPs from different member states have different agendas; hence, wouldn’t it be nice to show them a political movement with pan-european concensus with regards to our rights in a digitalized society?

    I guess what I’m trying to say is this: we need a base from which we can reach outside of Sweden – not only to the MEPs, but to citizens elsewhere in the union – and get them to understand our issues as well. I.e., we need to set up a collaborative site (a wiki?) available in the major european languages (correct translations, not Googlated), with a name that is easy to remember (who can spell to La Quadrature du Net anyways?) so you can find the site should you happen to hear about it AFK, and so on. I’m sure you can see where I’m heading with this.

    I need to think about this some more (and my laptop battery is dying in 6min so I have to finish this post anyway), but if you know anyone who is doing any of the above/willing to help with the above? I unfortunately am not very good at setting up websites, but would gladly contribute with content/translations/etc. 3min until shutdown so… tack för en trevlig föreläsning i lördags 🙂


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