Both SNP MEPs Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton have today (Tuesday) expressed their disappointment at the European Parliament voting in favour of a major change to the copyright law of the European Union.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP has expressed his "deep disappointment" in the result of today's outcome of the Copyright Directive trilogue negotiations. A text has now been finalised concerning the "link tax" (Article 11) and upload filters (Article 13).Read more
THE Brexit clusterbùrach continues apace at Westminster and it has become nigh on impossible to make any sense of it, in particular when explaining it to my increasingly incredulous MEP colleagues from across Europe. The only difference is that, whereas we in Scotland have been dragged into this mire against our will and may suffer draconian consequences for it, the rest of Europe can regard it as nothing more than a surreal sideshow. To them, it is of secondary importance (at best) to the many serious challenges which they continue to address through pan-European co-operation.
First published in The National, 21 December 2018Read more
AS an MEP, I put a lot of time into getting out and about personally. I enjoy the fact I represent the length and breadth of Scotland– and have seen most of it! I think it is an integral part of my job to be available, and as visible as I can be, so that folk can see what I’m up to.
First published in The National, 26 October 2018Read more
SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today (Friday) published a report he commissioned into Scottish Twitter and online discourse in Scotland.
The independent report, "Scotland and Social Media, Trolls Under the Bridge?", researched and compiled by former Metropolitan Police Inspector turned investigative journalist and author JJ Patrick, found that some 4.25% of Scottish Twitter activity is identifiable as potentially malign, though this rises to a maximum of 12.24% in an assessment of certain account types.Read more
The European parliament today, by 438 votes to 226 against with 39 abstentions, voted to approve the negotiating mandate for the next stage of complex negotiations over the reform of Copyright in the digital Single Market. The SNP European Group, Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith, supported a workable compromise between the most contentious elements of the Directive, in particular Articles 11 and 13, and the right of copyright holders to receive fair remuneration for their work when published online.Read more
"NOT THE END OF A COMPLEX STORY, AND NEEDS MORE WORK"
SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today welcomed the refusal by the full European Parliament of the negotiating mandate on the reform of copyright in the EU Digital Single Market by 318 votes to 278 with 31 abstentions.Read more
The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge one exists. I’m concerned about how politics and current affairs are discussed and debated online - worldwide and across the UK if it comes to it - but I think we need to do a few things differently in Scotland. The technological changes we’re currently going through in terms of how people access and process information about the world around us is unprecedented, similar only to the development of radio and TV mass media but much more powerful even than them.
First published in The Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017Read more
ONE of the few good news stories to emerge from the UK’s decision to leave the EU is that people have started to engage with European politics in a more active way. I admit this is ironic but it means that for the first time people are aware of developments in the EU beyond that being covered by the major news outlets.
First published in The National, 28 June 2017Read more
Today SNP Members of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton voted to protect the freedom of Internet users.
Unfortunately the Parliament voted against various amendments to the flawed European Telecom Single Market (TSM) Package. As passed this compromises the principle of Internet neutrality that should ensure all information is treated equally.Read more