Net Neutrality

  • The German Pirate Party just won its Fourth State Election. Looking at these news, Rick Falkvinge gives his own five reasons why “Germany, of all countries, has such breakthrough success with their Pirate Party”. In my opinion, there is a Zeroeth Reason, that is important to not overlook if you care about digital rights and innovation. That Zeroeth Reason for all these victories is simply that Germany is in much better economic shape than most other countries these days.
  • AGCOM, the Italian Communications Authority, should issue tomorrow a new set of rules to enforce online copyright protection that has, so to speak, some minor problems. Here is a synthesis of mine from some excellent articles (in Italian, see links below) by Guido Scorza, a lawyer who closely follows these issues: AGCOM (that is not a Court!) will self appoint itself as a sheriff entitled, by a code written only by AGCOM and media industry lobbies, to shut down or make unreachable from Italy, without real investigation or appeal, any website that they consider guilty of copyright violation.
  • In may 2009 I announced on the P2P Foundation blog what I believe is the first collaborative law writing experiment in Italy: _"Two senators of the Italian Democratic party, Vincenzo Vita and Luigi Vimercati, have written a law proposal which defends Net Neutrality and promotes non proprietary formats and software in public administrations and Universities"_ In May and July 2009 I contributed several changes to the open wiki specifically set up to discuss and collectively improve the text of the proposal.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) How Would You Like Your Network, Sir? Smart Or Stupid? Net Neutrality is a somewhat misleading definition for the principles that, until today, have de facto ruled Internet based communications: access to the network should be open, at the same conditions, for every legally operating publisher or service provider.