Dr .de  22.5.11

In Germany, there appears to be a hidden, implicit, rarely outspoken two-track system:

  1. the show-off doctorate with little scientific value and
  2. the real scientific doctorate based on dissertations that actually contribute to scientific knowledge.

The show-off doctorate is the product of the high social value of a doctorate in Germany, incompetence, co-optation or naiveté (in dubio pro latter) of supervisors and university bodies conferring doctorates, combined with some trickery of eager climbers. […]

ENISA debate in Brussels – some notes and excerpts  21.5.11

Here some of my notes on the ongoing ENISA debate in Brussels.
Currently, there are bunch of proposals in the loop, thrown in by the European Commission. (The parliament itself can still not issue their own initiatives. All they can do or rather: after Lisbon, the parliament can at least alter existing paragraphs, though it can’t add new ones.)

In the loop:

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Agency or networks – some thoughts about Europe’s ongoing internet security debates  21.5.11

Well, I shouldn’t make these all-encompassing headlines, after all, forcing me to write way too long texts. Anyhow. I’ve been in Belgium a couple of weeks ago, used the opportunity of proximity for a Brussels visit. The first glaring characteristic of Brussels is the scent of Waffles all over Midi station. It is like any station comes with a little suprise for its passengers. At Luxembourg station, the on which neighbours the European Parliament, the party in control of the facility equipment opted for an acoustic treatment: Abba’s “The winner takes it all.” For sure she does. (Which reminds me of “Mamma Mia”: Meryl Streep has quite a voice, by the way.)

The voices of the European citizens are represented by representatives sitting in offices matching in size those of elaborated knowledge workers in corporate headquarters. A nice quality surplus however […]

Internet principles and security  21.5.11

As Chris Marden puts it:

“So the governments of the West are at least rhetorically in favour of a free Internet…”

Rhetorically. The difference between the Council of Europe and the core of the European Council though is that only the latter is of substantial relevance for immediate political and legislative outcomes outcomes. Plus: a CoE is quite different from the “goverments of the West.” […]