(Info will be updated,check “comments” for details) In the last five years I have been the target of unprecedented attacks that were blatantly ignored by legal authorities, the university,the students’ union, justice, political system.No measures whatsoever have been taken to protect me as an individual and academic. These attacks include Threats to me & members of my family(I have filed a lawsuit,as in an incident involving a car threatening to rum my vehicle my daughter was also in danger) Intimidating acts within the premises of the university.Despite my repeated requests to academic hierarchy the university has not taken any action nor has explicitly & publicly condemned these acts. Although I asked for the university senate to discuss the issue & provide a statement of support this has never happened, a very fact that constitutes a puzzle in itself. My car has been twice vandalized within the premises of the university closed parking lot. These were the only incidents that have ever taken place within the premises of the university, a fact that per se has its own semantics. The finding of a monitoring device inside my office.To this day I have not received an official response from judiciary and university authorities as to what the device was.Only an unofficial answer that is “was nothing’.To my knowledge the only witness(along with me)at the time the device was found has never been asked to testify in a legal investigation. Violation of private data and hacking of my personal page.An IT expert that looked to it told me “it was a professional job”. Continuous violation of private–family life to a degree that constitutes a blatant violation of human rights familiar only to autocratic & Soviet-style regimes. To the above one should include The request from the university authorities NOT to park my car inside the parking lot.This kind of behavior constitutes a inexplicable choice that makes me wonder why not everyone is equal in terms of having access to university facilities. Hurdles to my ability to perform my academic work,a fact that goes beyond any sensible explaining and understanding.Despite my continuous requests to the university, I spent one whole semester without access to a computer equipped with a camera & a microphone.The university simply answered that these were not available, although they were indispensable for my e-classes at the time of the pandemic. I had to improvise & use YouTube to upload a series of audio lectures. This process was time consuming and did not facilitate academic interaction. Upon continuous requests I was given a portable computer for 2 weeks(15-29/9/20)just to be able to conduct exams. The very same day my exams finished(29/9)the university asked me to return the portable, which I did. In October 2017 I had a three week sit in.I did not have classes.Instead I spent these hours at the university in my office(extra classes were offered after the sit-in.The reasons were explained in long and detailed communiqués (they are being translated into En).The basic issues were meritocracy, transparency, threats to my daughter & me and a number of criminal activities against me.I have filed lawsuits but to this day justice is not done.In a very indicative case a student asked to intervene as Head of the Department in a case of massive & extended in time cheats during exams.She printed out and gave me an exchange of messages in facebook where students confessed PUBLICLY that they were systematically cheating during the exams for years! Cheating was only possible with the support of those who were in charge within the classrooms.The student asked me to do my administrative duty,which I did.I publicized the issue,wrote articles asking for a legal investigation not to an assumed but publicly confessed crime.As one of the students wrote in facebook “I have passed many courses this way”. This simply means cheating has been a standard practice for years. Ever since I have been targeted systematically & my academic role has been greatly undermined, not to mention the reverse of the proposal to take over the UNESCO Chair of the University as “being the ideal candidate”(according to the previous rector-the letter is at my disposal) Eventually the university inaugurated an investigation against me although a the aim of publicizing these facts was to protect the institution & the exam process * FULL MEMO IN “COMMENTS”
“Περιθωριοποίηση ή διώξεις μελών ΔΕΠ που ύψωσαν το ανάστημα τους σε ομάδες εξουσίας”!
George Voskopoulos Associate Professor of European Studies Head of the Department of International & European Studies(2013-2016),UoM, Greece Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Thematic Research Coordinator 2015-2018 f.Erasmus Academic Coordinator
Despite my continuous requests to the university I spent last semester without access to a computer equipped with camera and microphone. The university simply answered that these were not available. At the same time the New Democracy’s (currently in power) youth affiliation approached the Head of the Department and asked him (!!!) to start an administrative process against me for failing to have classes! This is what happens when incontollable factions run a university and try to impose the law of the jungle. It was evident that the whole issue was set up (denial of the university to provide the means (computer, camera, microphone) to do my duty. In case one wonders why this kind of tyreatment the answer is simple. When you stand up against lack of meritocracy you become a hurdle to a multilayer mechanism that wishes to run an institutions without rules. My efforts to communicate the issues to the PM K. Mitsotakis were in vain since he curiously did not make any effort to meet me despite my multiple efforts. In the meantime I received threats and threats to a family member which I publicised.
In another (indicative of the so many(!) case a student publicly confesses that cheating is a standard practice and that she had passed MANY courses this way, since the supervisors allowed them to open their books and simply copy the answers!!!
In this particular case and as a result of the university’s unwilligness to provide me with the means to have my classes, I had to improvise and use YouTube to upload a series of audio lectures. This process is time consuming and does not facilitate academic interaction. Upon continuous requests I was given a portable computer for two weeks (15-29/9/2020) just to be able to conduct students’ exams. The very same day my exams finished (29/9/2020) the university asked me to return the portable. Just a few days before the new semester begins I still have no access to a fully equipped computer in order to have my classes. This is just indicative of the hurdles an academic might face when she/he is not supported and is left to their own devices. At a time COVID makes e-classes indispensable I have to find ways to perform my teaching duties. With NO support whatsoever!
George Voskopoulos, Associate Professor of European Studies *Exchange of emails (in Gr) provided
For the last few years I have been the target of orchestrated, unprecedented for a liberal democracy attacks. These vary and include a wide range of criminal activities that I could not possible mention here. All details will be in the lawsuit I am going to file.
Evidence at my disposal, point to the leading and most powerful foreign diplomat in the country (Gr). As a result, I am going to take legal action against him, seeking answers to many ontological questions. This is a prerogative we have in democracies, a prerogative citizens did not have and today do not have in illiberal, soviet-like regimes.
This is the only way to defend truth, western values, human rights, academic dignity and above all protect myself and my beloved. This choice has been imposed upon me by actions that go beyond any red line in democracies. It is the only means to get answers to many “why” questions.
George Voskopoulos, Associate Professor of European Studies, f. Head of the Department of International and European Studies, UoM, Greece
How Technology Strengthens Autocracy
«Libération» a imaginé, à partir d’exemples concrets et réels, une journée sous surveillance dans la vie de Qian, habitante fictive de Pékin.
Les avancées technologiques permettent désormais au pouvoir chinois de surveiller la vie quotidienne de 1,4 milliard de citoyens, soit près d’un habitant sur cinq de la planète. Pour illustrer cette nouvelle forme de totalitarisme pratiquée par le Parti communiste et son Administration du cyberespace, puissant ministère chargé de censurer Internet depuis 2014, nous avons choisi de raconter une journée dans la vie de Qian, employée fictive d’une entreprise d’intelligence artificielle. Pékinoise, appartenant à la frange supérieure de la classe moyenne, anglophone et fiancée à un professeur d’université, Qian est très bien informée. Toutes les anecdotes racontées sont basées sur des faits réels de la Chine d’aujourd’hui, tels que rapportés par des chercheurs, des médias locaux ou étrangers. Comme le sinologue Michel Bonnin le résumait cet été à Libération : «Le pays a basculé dans le monde de 1984 d’Orwell». Et ce n’est plus de la science-fiction.