Keeping this blog and my online media: JMStV v2010 stopped in NRW!

December 16, 2010

As netzpolitik.org reports the JMStV v2010 was unanimously stopped in NRW today. This is very good news for free speech and free access to information in Germany. As previously reported the consequences for bloggers, webmasters, artists and (new media) investors would have been pretty devastating with the JMStV v2010 in place.

So sanity has prevailed after all. It also seems that politicians are finally starting to understand the dynamics of the net and what the online generation can contribute to that ongoing experiment we call Democracy.

It still remains to be seen how a future version of the JMStV will be drafted and what it might look like: anyone planing an online project in Germany is well advised to follow closely all developments leading towards a JMStV v2011…

See also Scheitern des JMStV ist ein Sieg der Vernunft (ak-zensur.de)

Update:

See also JMStV vor dem Aus (www.heise.de/tp) for a critical look at the way the JMStV v2010 was drafted. The article basically says that the process was not an open one and that old media (TV) and its close ties to politics had a lot to say. Some of the comments to the article also question the motivation for stopping the JMStV and suggest mainly tactical reasons.

There are lessons to be learned for everyone, that seems pretty clear to me. For me personally one lesson is: even if you live in a supposedly free country like Germany there are certain values like free speech that constantly need to be tested and defended if necessary. JMStV v2010 had the potential of destroying (not only) wide parts of the German blogosphere. In the end sanity prevailed, but things could have gone the other way and this is something that I simply had not anticipated in this country in the year 2010. Everyone needs to keep their eyes of vigilance open at all times from now on.


JMStV ablehnen! The comment I posted on jmstv-ablehnen.de

December 14, 2010

For the first time since I started this blog I’m posting in German. What follows is the comment (with just with one tiny grammar correction) I posted on the JMStV ablehnen! page (jmstv-ablehnen.de).

For more about this, not quite as diplomatic as the German text that follows, see my previous blog entries here and here and here.

For the latest news about this see also JMStV: Die Woche der Entscheidungen and JMStV: Vor-Vorentscheidung in NRW? (www.netzpolitik.org).

Update…

It now looks like all parties in NRW will vote against the JMStV on Thursday. I believe it when it happens.

+++ Eil & Kurz +++ (Update) JMStV in NRW vor dem Aus (www.netzpolitik.org)

Offiziell: Jugendmedienschutzstaatsvertrag gestoppt – Landtag NRW wird #JMStV morgen ablehnen (www.netzpolitik.org)

Yet of course many questions still need to be answered:

* Who drafted the current proposal and why and how and for whom?

* How will a future version of the JMStV be drafted and how will it look like?

Germany’s politicians will still have a lot of explaining to do if they want to regain some of the trust they lost to the net community. At the moment it is also unclear why exactly NRW will possibly vote against the JMStV.

Free speech and free access to information are too important and should never have been taken so lightly by those in charge in Germany today.

Let’s keep those eyes of vigilance wide open…

JMStV: Nach dem Vergnügen kommt die Arbeit (www.netzpolitik.org)

Mein Kommentar

Sehr geehrte Entscheidungsträger,

Der Ihnen vorliegende JMStV scheint mir, höflich gesagt, im besten Fall ein Schildbürgerstreich der Sonderklasse zu sein.

Als Netzbürger mit 15 Jahren Onlineerfahrung, Blogger, New Media Künstler und ehemaliger Moderator auf der Medienplattform Ourmedia kann ich nur meine Hände über dem Gesicht zusammenschlagen, in Verzweiflung den Kopf schütteln und sehr unschöne Worte über den JMStV laut ausrufen.

Hier haben die Verfasser ihre Hausaufgabe nicht gemacht, und die Konsequenzen bei Abnicken dieses JMStV würden verheerend für die Zukunft des Internets in Deutschland sein.

Ich bin 1999 von Wien nach Berlin in Ihr schönes Land gekommen, um der wie ich meine dort (damals) vorherrschenden engen Sichtweise bezüglich Film und Neuen Medien zu entkommen.

Ab 01.01.2011 könnte nun Berlin/Deutschland wegen des JMStV auf einmal ein völlig unattraktiver Standort für mich sein. Ich bin ehrlich schockiert. Fragen stellen sich: wer hat warum, wie und für wen diese Vorlage erstellt?

Alleine die Idee mit den “Sendezeiten” ist, wieder höflich gesagt, sehr verwunderlich. Selbst wenn das technisch für meine Onlineauftritte durchführbar wäre, würde ich dann ja immer noch, für die der Vorlage nach zu schützende Jugend, z.B. in den USA erreichbar sein…

Besonders übel würde es, wenn man in den USA dann auch noch auf die Idee mit den “Sendezeiten” käme… Usw.

Es scheint mir schlimm genug, daß es der vorliegende JMStV überhaupt zu Ihnen zur Abstimmung geschafft hat, und ich bitte Sie, den Vogel jetzt nicht auch noch mit Ihrer Zustimmung abzuschießen.

Schützen Sie die Jugend, stimmen Sie für den globalen Zugang zur Information für die Ihnen nachfolgenden Generationen, und geben Sie diesem Land weiter eine Zukunft in Sachen Internet und Neue Medien!


Berlin votes for online censorship: Jugend-beschmutz-fuck-new-media-Vertrag (“JMStV”)

December 10, 2010

netzpolitik.org reports that the very controversial JMStV (Jugendmedienschutzstaatsvertrag) has been approved by Berlin’s House of Representatives. It’s not all over yet, other local governments still need to vote on the JMStV. It can still be derailed if only one other local governments decides against it.

To those few – on all parts of the political spectrum – who yesterday voted against the JMStV because you care about free speech and your good conscience means more to you than “parlamentarische Zwänge” (“parliamentary necessity”): I raise my virtual hat to you!

To all those who voted against it simply for tactical reasons and to all those who voted for it simply for tactical reasons (while you actually would have liked to vote against it but felt you could not because of the “parlamentarische Zwänge”) I say: you’ve proven yourself an unworthy representative of the people. May another generation forgive you your weakness. I can’t.

I believe it is now fair to say that the majority of the delegates of the city of Berlin:

* may be to weak to vote according to their conscience or

* may be uninformed/incompetent in regards to new media and internet or

* may have been corrupted by lobbyists.

This is a very sad outcome for the capital of Germany!

All bloggers, (online) artists, new media producers, filmmakers and investors take note of this. Serious and very dangerous online censorship in Germany is now one step closer!

Here one comment from the netzpolitik.org article linked above:

“Wer hat uns verraten? Sozialdemokraten

Wer war mit dabei? Die Linkspartei.

Wer verrät uns eh? Die FDP.

Wahlen boykottieren!”

For me this is another very good reason to only vote Pirate Party in all future elections!

No politician who voted for – or against – the JMStV and who did not vote according to his or her good conscience after thoroughly listening to the experts *)

* is in a position to ever lament again over a low turnout at any future election

* should be surprised about (political) radicalisation of young people

* and in the case of Berlin should not be surprised at all about new media artists now possibly leaving this wonderful city and moving on to another country where there is political sanity and understanding for online media.

You have utterly failed. Shame on you!

*) see:

Gesellschaft für Informatik und SIBB e. V. fordern Stopp des JMStV! (2. Update) (www.netzpolitik.org)

Schützt endlich unsere Kinder! Katholische Junge Gemeinde fordert Stopp des JMStV – “Echter Jugendmedienschutz geht anders” (www.netzpolitik.org)


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