Every Digital European

June 24, 2012

The Digital Agenda Assembly 2012, 21-22 June, Brussels.
Hold on, Europe, Hold on.

During the most interesting workshop, the one about social media, someone asked the representative from Facebook Europe about the interoperability of social platforms.
As for what concerns the majority of social phenomena, the meaning originates from definitions.
Wasn’t the same DAA a “social platform” and isn’t its interoperability the real criterium to judge the success of its purpose: to make every European digital?

Commissioner for DAE Neelie Kroes during the DAA plenary session

The question at stake: is it possible to prevent a space-time defined event from establishing an exclusively self-referential system of communication, with regards to Niklas Luhmann’s theories?
In simpler terms: if the “digital Europeans” try to make the other Europeans digital, can be the meeting of them interoperable enough to communicate the importance of tweetting to people that don’t even know what a tweet is?
Was the DAA an event of public interest for a public that was not only the one of the DAA itself?

The interoperability of social platforms is a big dilemma, but at the same time “it’s politics, baby”, it’s nothing that new, still it continues being important. And the trust we’ll be able to inspire, about our ability to solve such a dilemma, might not be enough to bring economy recovery back to the Old continent: still, we need it so bad.