Extracts from the joint press conference by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and Neelie Kroes on the launch of the "No Disconnect" Strategy

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-071869   Duration: 10:03:01  Lieu:
End production: 12/12/2011   First transmission: 12/12/2011
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, invited Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former German Federal Minister for Economy and Technology and for Defence and Member of the Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS),, to advise on how to provide ongoing support to Internet users, bloggers and cyber-activists living under authoritarian regimes. This appointment forms a key element of a new "No Disconnect Strategy" to uphold the EU's commitment to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected both online and off-line, and that internet and other information and communication technology (ICT) can remain a driver of political freedom, democratic development and economic growth. Neelie Kroes and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg held a joint press conference on 12 December 2011 on the "No Disconnect Strategy".

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of the speakers in the EC press room 00:00:08
10:00:13 General view 00:00:06
10:00:19 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, (in ENGLISH) saying that human rights run trough everything that is done in Europe and in the EU; the right to communicate freely is one of the most basic of those human rights and just as she has taken freedom of expression seriously within the Union, she now extends that beyond the Union with the launch of the EU's "No disconnect strategy". 00:00:27
10:00:47 Cutaway - journalist 00:00:05
10:00:52 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) saying that repressive regimes now understand the power of those networks and have tried to turn them off; they did not succeed and the EU is working to ensure online rights are respected like offline rights. 00:00:17
10:01:10 Cutaway - press 00:00:06
10:01:16 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) saying that they must develop and distribute tools to help activists bypass restrictions on their freedom to communicate while on the other hand avoiding indiscriminative surveillance, tools which are simple and which are ready-made. 00:00:18
10:01:34 Cutaway - photographers 00:00:05
10:01:40 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) on the main strands their approach needs to take into account: to educate activists about the opportunities and risks of using ICT, and to ensure they have high-quality intelligence about what's going on "on the ground" so they can respond where it counts, and they shouldn't rely only on others for that intelligence. 00:00:24
10:02:04 Cutaway - cameraman 00:00:05
10:02:09 Soundbite by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), (in ENGLISH) saying that the "No disconnect strategy" will be successful if the key players involved are willing and capable to cooperate and to coordinate their efforts; key players are, aside from EU institutions, Member States and third States, NGO, the private sector, also the intelligence community, etc. 00:00:23
10:02:33 Cutaway - photographers 00:00:06
10:02:39 Soundbite by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (in ENGLISH) saying that many NGO's and activists have done an excellent job so far but they do think that the support of States and other public authorities, either financially or by helping coordination, communication and dialogue as well as through conferring democratic legitimacy, will also benefit civil society. 00:00:22
10:03:01 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:17
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