What effect will official encouragement by the European Commission have upon social networking? This vital and informal mode of information-sharing has now received the blessing of Viviane Reding, the Commissioner for Information Society and Media (CISM), in a speech on social networking which is the first public statement of the Commissioner on this subject. The speech was given at the Safer Internet Forum (details of the Minister’s speech available via press release here). According to the press release, social networking sides also have started to raise new issues with regard to data privacy and protection of minors. That’s why they are now on the agenda of the Safer Internet Forum.