Putting a FIRS to the Test: The Case Study of Greece

Putting a FIRS to the Test: The Case Study of Greece

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9973-9.ch013
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In this chapter, the authors implement their fair internet regulation system (FIRS) blueprint using Greece as a country example. They discuss the results of Greece initial survey, and they present all the improvements that were implemented in the initial questionnaire. The improved questionnaire was then used for Greece's mass survey that was conducted in October 2013, gathering 446 responses, the results of which are being presented here. Taking the results of Greece's mass survey into account, the authors proceed with choosing the content and categorisation that FIRS will target and the technical aspects based on the aims and the budget. Furthermore, the blacklists of Greek FIRS are being presented, along with its interface and interaction with the internet users. Last, the authors present their conclusions and discuss possible improvements of the Greek FIRS in the future based on different financial and technical potentials.
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Analysing The Results Of The Greek Survey

Greek Survey’s results are being presented in depth in chapter 5. In this section, the authors discuss only specific data that is highly relevant to the implementation of the FIRS blueprint in Greece’s example.

Concerning the value of the collected data, it is important to state that 96.7 percent of the participants are Greek Internet users for more than 3 years (see figure 1), while 85 percent stated that they were informed of the global Internet regulation phenomenon to some extent (see figure 2). Last, the participants declared an important diversity regarding the means of information as 62.5 percent said that they were informed through mass media, while 52.1 percent through specialised researchers and related scientists (see figure 3).

Figure 1.

For how many years are you a Greece based Internet user? (Greece Survey)

Figure 2.

Are you aware of the global phenomenon of Internet regulation? (Greece Survey)

Figure 3.

What were the means of your information? (Greece Survey)


Regarding the possibility of implementing a Greek IRS at a national level, 79.7 percent of the participants were positive (see figure 4). Concerning the type of online content that a Greek IRS should target, 61 percent stated “hate-speech websites,” 61 percent “pornographic websites,” 25.4 percent “defamatory content,” and only 13.6 percent stated “online piracy websites (movies, music, books, and so on)” (see figure 5).

As for the entity that should be in control of a Greek IRS, the participants showed more trust in Greek universities and less in state services and related ministries. More specifically, 59.3 percent of the respondents stated “Research or Educational Institutes inside universities,” 32.2 percent “Related non-governmental organisations (such as Reporters without borders, and so forth),” and only 20.3 percent stated that they prefer a “State service in the related Ministry” or “Research institutes not related to universities” (see figure 6).

Figure 4.

Do you agree with the implementation of an Internet regulation system by the state focusing on illegal content? (Greece Survey)

Figure 5.

What kind of content should be regulated if your country’s state decides to implement such a system? (Greece Survey)


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