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A Last Word on Internet "Blocking" in Belarus

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 11 2012

Photo by El Bingle/ Flickr

A new law obliges Belarusian businesses that use the Internet to sell goods or services inside Belarus to host those services on servers physically inside Belarus, bringing that country's businesses more closely under the control of its government. So as an argument now rages in the United States about how to regulate access to foreign websites for purposes of copyright protection, in Belarus, the discussion focuses on the particulars of how to regulate its domestic Internet. Read More

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

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, January 10 2012

Edgeryders, a project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

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. The Council of Europe and the European Commission are trying to help them by creating a think tank on youth’s transition to an independent active life. They’re doing in an unusual way, though, with a project where the transition experts are young people themselves. Read More

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

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, January 6 2012

Demo.cratica. Photo by Owni.eu

Is downloading a right, or even more? In Switzerland a law allows it for personal use and a recent study concluded that downloaders use the money they save to buy more legitimate entertainment products But downloading might even become a religion. Or so it seems in Sweden, at least. Read More

Is Belarus Really Cutting Out The "Foreign Internet?"

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 4 2012

Photo by covilha/ Flickr

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.
Some commentators believe that these measures will block people in Belarus from accessing websites hosted outside the country. This interpretation was quickly reprised by many media outlets and labeled as a block of the foreign Internet by the Belarusian government — but the situation may be different. Read More

The Europe Roundup: Messages For The New Year

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, January 3 2012

EU Commissioner for The Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes in Her New Year's Message

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. Here's a roundup of news to get started in the new year. Read More

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

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, December 20 2011

Mediarena, the winner of a Google-sponsored data competition

From public transportation in France to parliamentary activities in Bulgaria, activists and organizations are working hard to fuel the debate on open data. And show their own countries how to do the job. Read More

The Europe Roundup: Journalists Allowed to Livetweet in Courts

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, December 15 2011

Royal Courts of Justice, London. Ell Brown/ Flickr

Live-tweeting in British courts, data visualizations in Slovakia, a Twitter account on the down-low for the French prime minister, and more in today's Europe roundup. Read More

Unveiling the European Open Data Strategy

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, 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. Read More

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

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, 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, ... Read More

PdF France: What Kind of Day Has It Been

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, 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 ... Read More