Summary Box: EU Commissioner calls for new tools

THE REQUEST: An EU official says the bloc should help teach bloggers living under oppressive regimes how to communicate freely and avoid detection, and it should develop technology to help them.

THE FORUM: The EU’s digital affairs commissioner, Neelie Kroes, was speaking at a conference on Internet free speech in the Netherlands.

OTHER ACTION: The Dutch government pledged 1 million euros ($1.3 million) to develop “mesh” networks ? those that use cellphones to create a backup system to disseminate information when a government tries to block the Internet or social networks.