Estonian socialist Marianne Mikko:
The blogosphere has so far been a haven of good intentions and relatively honest dealing. However, with blogs becoming commonplace, less principled people will want to use them.
We do not see bloggers as a threat. They are in position, however, to considerably pollute cyberspace. We already have too much spam, misinformation and malicious intent in cyberspace. I think the public is still very trusting towards blogs, it is still seen as sincere. And it should remain sincere. For that we need a quality mark, a disclosure of who is really writing and why.
Ms Mikko is a Member of the European Parliament, as is the German so called liberal Jorgo Chatzimarkakis who has this to say:
Bloggers cannot automatically be considered a threat, but imagine pressure groups, professional interests or any other groups using blogs to pass on their message. Blogs are powerful tools, they can represent an advance form of lobbyism, which in turn can be seen as a threat.
The quotes are from this official European Parliament article, describing preparations for union wide blog regulations. One could certainly get shaky knees for less, although it should not be too surprising that people in power succumb to the temptation of increasing their powers at the expanse of individual freedom. Apparently including fundamental human and democratic rights such as the freedom of expression.
We’ll see what comes out of this, but it could potentially be bad. Especially since general awareness of what’s going on the parliament is low, and there are no good ways of getting rid of the people in it.
I used to be an avid EU supporter, happy about the benefits of free trade on the common market, and the freedom of movement for its citizens. These advantages are becoming ever smaller compared to the massive amount of regulations, additional bureaucracy, new ways to waste tax money, and the undemocratic tendencies coming out of Brussels. I have, consequently, switched to being an EU skeptic, and if this development goes on a time might come when one should consider leaving the union entirely. There is enough bad politics (and politicians) at the national level.