Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 09:50

Berlusconi forces Italian Wikipedia to close

Written by Nick Farell
wikilogo

Could not cite its sources
Wikipedia has been forced to shut down the Italian version of its website because the Italian Government requires posts to be “corrected” if the poster finds them offensive within 48 hours. So if you run a post which says Berlusconi can't walk on water, he can order you to change it and if you don't within 48 hours you are in trouble.

The law does not require a judge to decide if the content is inaccurate only if a politician or B list celebrity finds themselves insulted. If Berlusconi is found guilty of shagging under-age prostitutes and Wikipedia included it in his biography he could order it taken down, even if it was true.

By pulling out of Italy, Wikipedia is warning its readers against the risks arising from leaving to the arbitrary will of any party to enforce the alleged protection of its image and its reputation. “Under such provisions, web users would be most probably led to cease dealing with certain topics or people, just to "avoid troubles"”.

We hate to say it, because Berlusconi is wrong here, but it is hypocrisy for Wikipedia to bleat about this law when it censor's entries on the basis of its ill-informed cabal of editors who think they have power to decide who is interesting or not.


Last modified on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 10:57

Nick Farell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments