FC: Euroconf: Does technology help or hinder freedom?

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 07:34:25 PDT

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    [Of course Americans may generally define freedom differently than 
    Eurocrats (specifically, the freedom to be free from Eurocrat-types), but 
    it's an interesting question nonetheless. --Declan]
    Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 10:51:28 +0200
    From: "Marco Cappato" <Mcappatoat_private>
    To: "Gianluca Eramo" <GEramoat_private>
    Subject: Subject: "Democracy, freedom and the Internet" Conference.
             (10th July 2002)
    Dear friends,
    On the 10th of July, from 9th to 18th, a public conference will take place 
    at the European Parliament in Brussels on "Democracy, freedom and the 
    Internet: how digital technologies empower or undermine civil liberties".
    The seminar - that is the second meeting on new technologies organised by 
    Radical MEPs of the Lista Bonino together with the Transnational Radical 
    Party- is open to everybody. Due to the limited number of places in the 
    conference room, we please you to announce your participation as soon as 
    possible, and in any case before the 5th of July.
    The following issues will be dealt:
     Data retention: citizens' right to privacy and State powers in 
    treating  personal data;
     Cybercrime: the borderline between criminality and civil disobedience in 
    the Net;
     e-democracy: from "pilot project" to "fundamental right";
    Interventions will concentrate not only on the European Union context, but 
    also on national or local experiences concerning the above mentioned 
    issues. The peculiar situation of non democratic States and the role of 
    companies will be analysed too. Further to inviting you to the conference, 
    we would ask you to tell us as soon as possible if you are interested in 
    proposing a speech (title and brief abstract), so to prepare the agenda and 
    the sending of preparatory documents. Please do not hesitate in suggesting 
    us more people that shall be invited.
                             Marco Cappato                         Ottavio 
    Marzocchi                                             Gianluca Eramo
                          MEP, President of the              Member of 
    Transnational                                     Project co-ordinator
                       Transnational Radical Party            Radical Party board
    For further enquiries, information and to announce your participation:
    Tel: 0032 2 2847496, Fax 0032 2 2849496
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