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The Europe Roundup: Messages For The New Year

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, January 3 2012

EU Commissioner for The Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes in Her New Year's Message

It's been a busy year in Europe: from open data projects to disruptive movements like the Indignados in Spain or groups like the Pirate Party slowly entering institutions in some countries, people are finding new ways to have an impact on politics and society in the Old Continent.

Keep reading us in 2012 and let us know what you think of techPresident Europe and how to improve it.
Here's a roundup of news to get started in the new year:

  • The Revolution Will Be Televised. And Tweeted. Opposition in Russia is facing an online communications problem. Read more on the situation on Global Voices' coverage of the aftermath of the Russian elections (held a month ago).
  • Another Hacking Scandal for Downing Street? Gordon Brown's email might have been hacked while he was UK's Prime Minister.
  • Facebook “has agreed to a wide range of best practice improvements” to its service that will get a formal review in July, the Irish data-protection agency said, after concluding a three-month audit.
  • A New Year's Message from Neelie Kroes. Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, talks about her experiences from 2011 and how they give her hope for the future.
  • Independent voices of 2011: The most influential non-celebrity users of Twitter (The Independent). Any prediction on 2012?
  • Italian Parliamentary Linked Data. The Italian Parliament has created the possibility to access historical parliamentary data as linked open data. The portal shows data on members of Parliament, parliamentary bodies, parliamentary groups, and the work of parliamentarians, up until the current session of Parliament.
  • YouTube political pops: Who is the most popular British politician on YouTube? Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan tops the chart when it comes to users of YouTube, says BBC.
  • The OKFN is hiringThe Open Knowledge Foundation is hiring a project manager on CKAN-related projects, and front end web developer who will contribute to a range of OKFN projects.
  • How The Guardian works with data. "Comment is free, but facts are sacred" wrote Guardian editor CP Scott in 1921. Today the British newspaper is successfully working on data journalism. Learn more with their ebook "Facts are sacred" (out for Kindle).
  • A Year Dedicated to Citizens? Vice President of the European Commission Viviane Reding proposed 2013 as the "European Year of Citizens." But what about the other years?
More plans for 2012?
Well, after two years of PdF Europe conferences, in 2011 we started organizing events to engage in conversation with national audiences. First we went to Oslo, to understand what Nordic Techpolitics looks like. Then we explored one of the next online battlegrounds with PdF France.
Expect more in 2012... and in the meantime save the date for the next Nordic Techpolitics!