Stories by Philip Willan

Google gets fast-track trial in Italy defamation case

A Milan judge Tuesday granted a request by Google lawyers for a fast-track procedure in a trial of four senior executives accused of defamation and privacy violations for allowing a video showing the bullying of a Down syndrome sufferer to be posted ...

Pirate Bay verdict gives urgency to Italian case

Italian antipiracy campaigners have welcomed the recent Stockholm court verdict on the founders of The Pirate Bay Web site, saying it should clear the way for a similar case under the Italian justice system.

Italian judge dismisses initial Google defense argument

The judge in the Google bullying video case Tuesday rejected a defense argument that lawyers acting for the principal plaintiff did not have a valid mandate. Milan judge Oscar Magi took almost two hours to consider the argument put forward by Google ...

Italy chat group ruling stokes debate on Internet abuses

An Italian high court ruling that Internet discussion groups do not have the same freedom-of-expression rights as the traditional media has stoked debate about the best way to stamp out online abuses that have caused widespread controversy and alarm.

Google criticizes Italian Internet legislation

A Google spokesman Friday warned that a proposed new law that would force Italian Internet providers to block access to Web sites that incite or justify criminal behavior could threaten freedom of expression and prove unworkable in practice.

Pope praises potential of new technologies

Pope Benedict XVI marked his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/vaticanit">debut on YouTube</a> Friday by releasing a speech in which he praised new communication technologies as powerful instruments for good, while also warning of the potential pitfall...

Italian judge blocks access to Swedish file-sharing site

A judge in the northern town of Bergamo, Italy, has ordered Italian ISPs (Internet service providers) to block access to the Swedish file-sharing Web site The Pirate Bay in a crackdown on the illegal sharing of copyright material over the Internet.

Italian inquiry targets Google editorial control

Italian prosecutors have placed two Google Italy representatives under investigation as part of an inquiry into how a video of teenagers harassing an autistic classmate appeared on its Web site, sparking fresh debate on the clash between freedom and ...

Vatican battles eavesdroppers

The security and privacy of papal elections has been of concern since cardinals were first locked up in conclave ("cum clave" is Latin for "with a key") in the 13th century, but the technical challenge of ensuring the confidentiality of their deliber...

Chip giant Intel squares off against PC flyweight

The two contestants are definitely not in the same weight category but their trademark dispute is due to be adjudicated by a civil court in Naples and the outcome could have legal repercussions around the globe.

Italian Senate taps MIDI to update century-old stenography

The Italian Senate has updated the mechanical shorthand technology it has been using since the 19th century and integrated it with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and computer aided transcription (CAT) software to create what it claims is...

Italian terror group's PDA highlights encryption controversy

Italian police have seized at least two Psion PLC PDAs (personal digital assistants) from members of the Red Brigades terrorist organization but the major investigative breakthrough they were hoping for as a result of the information contained on the...

Gates addresses Italian Senate amid protest

Bill Gates outlined his optimistic vision of the coming digital decade in a speech to the Italian Senate Friday as open source advocates in penguin suits protested his visit and called on the Italian government to legislate in favor of the use of ope...

Italian police track down hacker group

Italian police have identified six members of a hacker group charged with attacking thousands of Web sites in 62 countries, replacing official home pages with anti-globalization slogans, finance police officials said Tuesday. The group is one of the ...

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