Danny O’Brien had an article in the newly opened up Irish Times where he dreamed of an EU decentralised by technology so that power was scattered on the four winds to the edges of the Union. Failing that, he admitted, it would be nice if our magic boxes and invisable signals could be used to bring more of the centre to the edge.
Well, yesterday I spoke to a German lady who was doing exactly that. She and two other hardy souls from the “Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung” (German Working Group on Data Retention) were driving to Luxembourg.
Not many journeys of great significance in history have had Luxembourg as their destination but this one deserves comment. They intend to attend the European Court of Justice from 9.30am CET for the hearing of Ireland -v- European Parliament and European Commission.
This hearing will deal with Ireland’s challenge to the Data Retention Directive which, Ireland says, was wrongfully brought into law when their veto was ignored.
(Something strangely familiar here…)
In the meantime, Digital Rights Ireland’s challenge to the implementation of Data Rentention by Ireland will be heard this morning in the High Court in Dublin- starting 10.30am, Irish Time in Court 16.
And, through the magic of the unglamourous, but sturdy, technology of SMS the two court cases will be kept up to date as to the progress of each other’s hearings.
It might not be high-tech, but frequently the best technology for keeping people in touch is the easiest. Maybe we’re not too far from Danny O’Brien’s vison of a permeable EU.