The Greens - EFA

The New Political Role of Internet and Mobile phone: Example Iran

A Greens/EFA conference

organised by Barbara Lochbihler (MEP)

1 July 2010 09:30

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9:30 - 9:40

Welcome: Dany Cohn-Bendit

Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group, MEP France
9:40 - 9:50

Introduction: Barbara Lochbihler

President of the Iran Delegation, Greens/EFA Group, MEP Germany
9:50 - 11:20

The Green Movement and the Media - Developments in Iran since the Presidential Elections June 2009

Moderator: Marietje Schaake

Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Culture, Media and Education, ALDE Group, MEP Netherlands

  • New methods of communication (SMS, Twitter, Skype)
  • Censorship of TV, Radio and Internet (Websites, Facebook)
  • Surveillance of telephone and e-mails
  • Variations in media use as to age, geography and social background


  • Delbar Tavakoli Blogger
  • Farnaz Seifi Blogger
  • Fred Petrossians , Online Editor in Chief of Radio Farda ,Czech Republic
  • Ben Roome Nokia Siemens Networks, Great Britain
  • Omid Memarian Journalist and Researcher, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, USA
  • Seyyed Ebrahim Nabavi Satirist, Writer, Diarist, and Researcher, Iran
11:30 - 13:00

Future chances and risks of advances in communication technology

Moderator: Eva Lichtenberger

Vice-President Green-EFA Group, MEP Austria

  • Technological developments in preparation
  • Freedom of the net versus state control
  • Reactions internally and from the outside


  • Aliakbar Mousavi Khoeini Internet specialist, USA
  • Mehdi Yahyanejad Founder and director of the popular website Balatarin,USA
  • Reza Valizadeh Journalist and blogger
  • Christian Engström MEP Pirate Party, Sweden
  • Sebastian Müller European Policy Manager, Google, Belgium
  • Erich Möchel Investigative journalist, Austria
15:00 - 16:30

How will developments in information technology influence politics?

Moderator:Barbara Lochbihler

President of the Iran Delegation, MEP Germany

  • How to preserve the freedom of the internet while preventing its abuse
  • How the modern information society influences methods to act against undemocratic governments
  • Are sanctions and isolation still useful tools in the age of cyberspace?
  • EU legislation and democratisation: part of the problems or the solutions?


  • Rouzbeh Parsi Research Fellow, EU Institute for Security Studies Paris
  • Lucie Morillon Reporters without borders, Head of the New Media Desk ,USA
  • Pooneh Ghoddoosi BBC Persia, Presenter of Nowbat-e Shoma ,GB
  • Giuseppe Busini DG RELEX, Iran Desk, European Commission

Conclusions: Barbara Lochbihler


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flv - Panel I - farsi translation [ 391 MB]

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