Posts by Antonella Napolitano
January 10, 2012
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.Learn More
January 6, 2012
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.
January 4, 2012
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.Learn More
January 3, 2012
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.Learn More
December 20, 2011
- 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.
December 15, 2011
- 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.
December 13, 2011
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.Learn More
December 8, 2011
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.
December 8, 2011
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!
December 6, 2011