the Network: a symphony on freedoms

This is a really hard time for Italy, and economic downfall and repressive strategies are only two of the symptoms.

La Rete, una sinfonia

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

La Rete, Una Sinfonia

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!




RomaEuropaFAKEFactory @ LPM2009

REFF is back again!

REFF @ LPM2009

REFF @ LPM2009

REFF @ LPM 2009
on May 28th 2009 (Digital Freedoms Day)
and on 28th-31st May 2009 (exhibitions, showcase, workshops)

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RomaEuropaFAKEFactory – REFF.erence report

Mar. 20th, Italian Senate – Senato

REFF, RomaEuropaFAKEFactory, was presented at the Italian senate through an intense series of panels dealing with art/culture/creativity in the contemporary era, with the issues of cultural politics from the points of view of institutions and cultural operators, with the possibility for the enactment of innovative business and legal models for art, creativity and culture. the conference launch the proposal of a digital table of discussion with the Senator & vice president of the Cultural Commission Vincenzo Vita, who hosted the event.

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Innovation, DegradArte and perspectives

Yesterday we attended the conference “Cultura digitale e le politiche dell’innovazione” (Digital Culture and innovation policies) organized by our friend lawyer Guido Scorza in his role of president of the Institute fo Innovation Policies (Istituto per le Politiche dell’Innovazione).

We were invited to discuss  DegradArte, the art movement we created when the S1861 law was approved in the italian government.

The conference was really interesting, as it featured representatives from enterprises, law, politics, journalism, technology, art, culture and media.

While it was a real shame that many of the invited politicians didn’t come to the event, we had a chance to experience a series of contributions and debates that tried to present several points of view on the possibilities and opportunities for innovation brought on by digital technologies and digital technologies based practices.

Many of the contributions focused on commercial perspectives that, while being of fundamental importance, just don’t have the wide perspective needed to explain, or even understand, the cultural processes that move the contemproary evolution of our society.

But some of them were true gems whose atmosphere could be previewed, for example, in Guido Scorza’s opening speech, centered on the idea that governments are just too slow if compared to the contemporary evolution of society, and that they should focus on assuming the role that is clearly the most productive and effective one for institutions: to define principles, to create culture and infrastructures, and to act as enablers.

I was personally touched by Arturo di Corinto‘s contribution, in which we all were brought back to a part of reality that is seldom forgot while attending these meetings: it began with a minute of silence dedicated to the horrors that are happening during these days in Palestine, and then it continued by citing a text that has a really significant history, from its birth into the Frontiere Digitali network, to the evolution as a theme of the book published by “Il Secolo Della Rete” titled “L’Innovazione Necessaria“.

The most significant part of the debate concerned what is turning out to be a head-to-head race between the civil society, constantly evolving along the patterns defined by technology and global communication opportunities, and the institutions and enterprises, in their effort to contain the effects of this evolution and to preserve the current status of business, cultural and communication models.

Innovation has been described all along as a call for participation directed at the public, that needs to become active part of the process of cultural development, and to the institutions, that need to create the culture, tools and infrastructures needed to let this process happen.

We are a bit skeptical about the effects of these conferences, as the talks and debates seldom produce any results that go beyond formal declarations, but it was a worthwhile and valuable experience, as it created an opportunity for direct contact with many operators that are difficult to get in touch with.

We also used this opportunity to start producing the DegradArte documentary movie, which we are starting to produce with our friend Gianmarco Bonavolontà, and to promote the upcoming DegradArte Expò 2009, which will happen around September 2009 in Rome, at the Love and Dissent gallery.

But this is another story. :)

some more information here:

on Punto Informatico

on La Stampa