The ruling is unprecedented and illogical. How can you hold the execs of a fundamentally user generated content website responsible for the act of few? Beats me. Does the Italian law provides no protection to the publishers like they have in U.S? I believe the judges are fundamentally flawed in their reasoning(whatever it may be) and in their interpretation of the term freedom of expression.
The judgement will hold no water when juxtaposed to logic and fairness. Also i would like to know how has the Italian public responded to this?
All your concerns about the large corporations having to validate the UGC are right on the money. But it won't stop there. What about personal blogs? Is Wordpress liable for everything its users say? What about real-time, or near-real-time updates like Twitter feeds? What about Internet Relay Chat, for crying out loud?
I want to understand the thinking behind this ruling. Were the judges merely upholding an interpretation of the law, or is there an agenda here to start limiting freedom of expression in Italy at a fundamental level? Because once these kind of restrictions are allowed in online speech, offline speech can't be far away. Why not hold executives in a chain of supermarkets responsible for something written on a bulletin board in one of the stores?
With unemployment close to 10 percent, the mantra in Washington is jobs, jobs, jobs! Unfortunately many policymakers overlook the key role information technology has played, and will likely play, in job creation.
Imagine being able to use your mobile phone to pay taxi and mass transit fare; use vending machines; make retail purchases; and check in at hotels. Every day, millions of citizens in Japan, S. Korea, and soon Singapore do so simply by waving their mobile phones in front of point-of-sale terminals using near-field communication or related technology. But, while the technology is readily available in the US, it will be some time before Americans can use their cellphones as mobile wallets.
The US loses about $20 billion a year on pirated software, movies, and music. But public policy can help stem the tide of digital theft. For example, France has recently passed a 'three strikes and you’re out' law, whereby if after two warning letters an individual continues to download pirated software then his Internet access will be cut off. US policy makers should consider adopting similar policies.
A new poll shows that a majority of Americans don’t like behavioral targeting on the Internet, even when it’s done anonymously. But the poll is seriously flawed in that it did not ask Americans about the tradeoffs involved. If we are to make good public policy with regard to the Internet and privacy, it’s important to have a debate that explores all aspects of the issue. This poll failed to do that.
Skype recently acquired GroupMe, a startup developing tools to make mobile communications simpler. The move underscores dramatic changes in that market, ones that will change how executives communicate.
Google spent a lot of time developing its Nexus One phone. Too bad it didn't spend enough time developing customer support mechanisms. Existing purchasers and potential customers are complaining about awful support for the "Google Phone." And business-ready? No way, says Alan.
The programmable Web, open APIs, and cloud-based services will fundamentally change orthodox telcos, and they need to decide what they are really good for in this new world: It's not necessarily what you might think, according to one of the world's biggest telcos.
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