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Save the Web Calls on Prodi to Listen to European Internet Users

Romano Prodi, newly-installed President of the European Commission, was expected to receive Microsoft chairman Bill Gates for a private audience in Brussels. The meeting, scheduled for yesterday, was disclosed by Save the Web, a European Internet user movement.

Save the Web points out that Microsoft has never been in the vanguard of open standards, and that this proprietary view has not helped the Internet revolution, hence Gates cannot speak on a strategy beneficial to the European Internet community.

Founded by a group of European individuals determined to preserve and develop the internet as a medium for unrestricted personal communication and interaction, Save the Webs founders include Philippe Brawerman, former president of Cisco Europe, now CEO and co-founder of REEF; Andrew Graham, acting master of Balliol College, Oxford University; David Philipson present chairman of the Swedish Industry organisation for Content and Service Providers and vice president of the European Multimedia Forum.

The mission of Save the Web is to ensure that the highest priority of Internet law in Europe is to protect individual Internet users' rights. To do this, a spokesperson for the organization said that they "intend to mobilize the growing millions of European Internet users to join the Save the Weg movement."

Save The Web urged Prodi to pay at least as much attention to the concerns of the European Internet community as to the advice of the chairman of Microsoft.