This is a really hard time for Italy, and economic downfall and repressive strategies are only two of the symptoms.
La Rete, una sinfonia
In the continuous debate on culture and freedoms, the most powerful italian agencies for the preservation of the current, repressive regulations on copyright and intellectual property are defending policies which constitute a real danger not only to the possibility to invent and promote innovative economic models for arts and creativity, but also represent a real threat for the freedoms of expression in our country.
Some of these rules, for example, provide that: should any copyright holder deem a website is breaking his rights, he can have it shut down without notice. There are subtleties, obviously, but the main point is this: if I think that you are breaking my copyright I can shut down your website.
It is clear how this kind of regulation can be used for all kinds of political purposes, including the creation of widespread, centrally controlled political censorship practices. Let’s remember how Italy has all major media controlled by only one (or two, maximum) enormous subjects.
In the last few days the AGCOM published a set of really threatening regulations.
While doing it the SIAE published a set of 10 really single-minded questions, to ideally (and unrealistically) promote dialogue on the subject.
The questions are obviously made to sustain only one side of the story, and are full of wrong assumptions and fabricated starting points. This has created an enormous response in the network, with lawyers, journalists, organizations, hackers, artists and entrepreneurs publicly answering and making questions back to the offenders.
Together with Agorà Digitale, AVAAZ, FakePress Publishing and a whole incredible crowd of people supporting our freedoms, we have brought up a resonant, collaborative reply.
You can find it here on
the website holds all the questions and answers given on this occasion. It also is planned as a collaborative tool.
All the contributions that are collected are being published in two ways:
The ebook collects in realtime all the contributions arriving from twitter (using the “@AGCOMunica” tag, so that the contributions arrive directly to AGCOM, as well :) ) and all the contributions added to the website, under the form of further articles and comments.
The book is generated in realtime, meaning that if you add your contribution, it will be included in the publication.
The visualization is done in realtime, as well, by using Knowners
, another tool produced by FakePress Publishing: by tagging content on the website a structural representation is built using HTML5 which can be interacted with to explore in a visual way the themes covered in the publication.
So: contribute to the discussion and let’s join forces to defend our freedom of expression and information!