Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Writing on a Greek Wall

As National Public Radio reports in "Declining Greek Economy Fuels Anti-Immigrant Mood," comments on government website are considered in reporting on the current mood in Greece.

But the proposal, introduced by the new socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou, has caused widespread indignation. Comments on the government Web site reflect a sudden surge in xenophobia. One commenter wrote that "the motherland is endangered".

Of course, my question about this would be: which site do they mean when the station talks about "the government Web site"? The site of the country's prime minister, with its links to YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr? Or the site of the parliament? Are these comments allowed on the official online computing platforms or are they being inputted into commercial third-party sites?

As the country's economy comes unraveled this month with its high-debt style of governance threatening the stability of the Euro, the government in Greece has claimed to have made transparency online a top priority, according to "Greek prime minister fights 'credibility deficit'":

In addition to expanding the open application process to all government positions, Papandreou has promised to put every government document — including the national budget — online. Draft legislation has been posted online and public comment solicited.

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Anonymous paa said...

Most probably NPR refers to opengov.gr, which hosts the public consultation about draft bills.

With regard to the specific draft, site's administrators removed at least 350 comments (according to the admins 100 comments were from the same IP address) as offensive or unwanted.

I guess that the latter means off-topic.

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