22C3 - 2.2

22nd Chaos Communication Congress
Private Investigations

Speakers
André Rebentisch
Schedule
Day 1
Room Saal 4
Start time 21:00
Duration 01:00
Info
ID 591
Event type Lecture
Track Community
Language English
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A guided tour to European IT lobbying

An investigation into intransparency

Information overflow is a general problem of today's open information infrastructures. Everything can be found on the web but unfortunately not by everyone. Getting informed about the European Union and its projects is a task which you cannot leave to the Commission's public relations department. You should better start your own investigation.

European decisions effect your interests and your business. Community building, interest representation through communication and influencing public opinion is not sufficient for effective lobbying. Information superiority by better access, knowledge retrieval and social engineering techniques gives you an advantage.

We will try to answer some pragmatic question based on our own experience:

Access to Information

  • Where can I obtain official documents and recordings?
  • relevant databases
  • What means e.g. COM(2005), 276? How to decode documents and diplomatic speech.
  • How can I track the status of legislative proposals?
  • What surplus has the use of MS Word inside the Commission?
Grassroot efforts
  • Where and how can I contribute to EU-Consultations?
  • Of what use are petitions and the EU ombudsman?
  • What can my MEP do for me?
  • Why EU-Parliament is on your side.
Inside the Lobby
  • What other stakeholders are represented in Brussels?
  • Why astroturfing is doomed to fail
  • What shadow groups are influential inside EU-Parliament and how to be on their tricks. What makes EU-Parliament so special ?
  • How and why we won the historical vote