Posts by Antonella Napolitano

Edgeryders: how sharing and collaboration can build a vision for the European young generation

January 10, 2012

Antonella Napolitano

In times of crisis the younger generation seems to be the one that is and will be most affected and without any clue on how to face unprecedented challenges.

European youngsters seem to have one more problem, as they belong to countries that differ by culture and language and face their everyday challenge in contexts that are hardly comparable. But there young people are also Europeans, part of one "entity"that often seems vague in its definition and functioning.

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The Europe Roundup: Is Downloading a Right or More of a Religion?

January 6, 2012

Antonella Napolitano

  • Switzerland | Swiss Government Confirms Right to Download

    Unlike many other countries, in Switzerland a law allows the downloading of copyrighted material for personal use. The effects of such a law have been recently confirmed when a member of the Swiss parliament issued an inquiry to the Federal Council if the country would need new laws to this respect.

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Is Belarus Really Cutting Out The "Foreign Internet?"

January 4, 2012

Antonella Napolitano

At the end of last year the government of Belarus issued a law that will regulate the use of foreign websites, with a particular focus on business activities. The law will be effective starting Jan. 6.

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The Europe Roundup: Messages For The New Year

January 3, 2012

Antonella Napolitano

It's been a busy year in Europe: from open data projects to disruptive movements like the Indignados in Spain or groups like the Pirate Party slowly entering institutions in some countries, people are finding new ways to have an impact on politics and society in the Old Continent.

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The Europe Roundup: On Opening Data, "Dataviz" and Public Transportation

December 20, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • Bulgaria | Opening Government Data
    When the Bulgarian Parliament released information on bills and lawmakers in machine-readable formats earlier this year, blogger and open data activist Boran Yurukov found bugs and problems — then decided to show Bulgaria how to do the job right.
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The Europe Roundup: Journalists Allowed to Livetweet in Courts

December 15, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

  • UK | Journalists Allowed to Livetweet in Courts 
    Starting this week journalists will now be able to use Twitter to do trial reporting in court in both England and Wales: yesterday the Lord Chief Justice released a guidance on the use of "live text-based forms of communication (including Twitter)." With the issue of this guidance, the press will be no longer required to seek permission to live-tweet during court cases.
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Unveiling the European Open Data Strategy

December 13, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

Yesterday the European Commission announced the creation of an Open Data Strategy, a set of measures aimed at increasing government transparency.

The announcement follows similar moves from the UK and France, the latter launching its national open data portal just last week.

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PdF France: The Web as an Innovator of the Public Debate

December 8, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

At PdF France, La Netscouade’s co-founder Benoît Thieulin analysed the role of the web in the French public debate in the past ten years and explained how it will be shaped in 2012.  

As I wrote on Monday, “Compared to other European countries, the French blogosphere has a relatively long history. In 2005 the adoption of a European Constitution was rejected by French voters and the “no” campaign was conducted also in the blogosphere, against the urgings of many in the political class to vote “yes”. This event eventually led blogs to become rising voices in the French political conversation.”

Thieulin argued in his talk that this was a seminal event. The birth of a system of new voices in the public debate scared journalists with the disruption of the media scenario they were used to, and in which they were the unquestioned leaders. 
But, he added, the rise of these new voices also led politicians to create a direct dialogue with citizens on the web in the following years.

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PdF France: What Kind of Day Has It Been

December 8, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

Were you in Paris last Tuesday? Our first PdF France was a great event!
After the jump there's an account of the day with a little help from Storify... and a big one from all the people who were there
Thanks to everybody... let's keep the conversation going!

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PdF France is live!

December 6, 2011

Antonella Napolitano

Bonjour!
We're at the first PdF France, follow us at @pdf_europe and with the hashtag #pdffrance

Le Centquatre
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