Well, i'd like to point out that this has been a decision by an intalian Court, and not just expression of the will of italian gov.t , because BOTH
political sides in Italy would like to put the internet under control (because both sides have somethig to hide, but this is not the case), Courts are
supposed to be independent though: the Boy's parent withdrew legal action because of Google's good behavior after the event, so it's just a
political trial disguised as some matter of privacy allegedly violated: and yes it's very concerning, because it didn't just happen in Italy
it happened everywhere in Europe, now more courts could feel free to touch buttons that before they could'nt.
It's also very surprising because there's no straight mention in italian jurisprudence of the possibility to charge them of anything: it's like to
find guilty the toll motorway owner because one gets drunk while driving there and crashes, or like to charge some Postal Service because someone sent
you some threat or some bomb via their service.
Actually, there are laws that ban any form of censorship, since right after fascist era (it works for everyone but Berlusconi though): now this judge,
Oscar Magi from Milan, has 40 days to explain the reasons of his very strange decision: for what it's worth, MSM and people in Italy are agreeing
that this is and attack on freedom of web.
The problem is that there's a clear will to limit as much as possible the freedom, thi is just the last step towards that direction:
recently a Decree was delivered to the Chamber of Deputies (on December 18, 2009):
the Decree basically reads that there shouldn't be differences between an ISP hosting third parties media and some TV station: go figure the
consequences of such a law in case the decree would be promoted (but it will go to nowhere:
(.pdf file, 3,73 Mb) - ATTO DEL GOVERNO SOTTOPOSTO A PARERE PARLAMENTARE
this piece of art came from the right wing, and before we had the Levi-Prodi decree, coming from left : (.pdf file, 79,7 Kb)
-DDL - NUOVA DISCIPLINA DELL’EDITORIA E DELEGA AL GOVERNO PER L’EMANAZIONE
DI UN TESTO UNICO SUL RIORDINO DELLA LEGISLAZIONE NEL SETTORE EDITORIALE
: this last one (going to nowhere as well) was even funnier, basically
it planned to put publishing industry and bloggers (and everything else there's between the two) at the same level, with, registration fees, taxes
and all the rest
To introduce some random drug tests at the gates of italian parliament, wouldn't hurt at all imo.
Thanks for sharing