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Our ongoing selection of journalism and media news.

  • 29 October 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    American ad law fuzzy on disclosure rules, US behind EU on regulations

    As an Italian blogger, Francesco Federico has witnessed tech bloggers aplenty accepting “test units” of expensive gadgets. These handouts are never intended to be returned to their manufacturer. It has to be said, he notes, that this practice is pretty common in Italy even among professional journalists, who can often keep test samples and enjoy particularly glitzy press events. When bloggers fail to disclose these handouts in product reviews, they violate a 2007 European Commission directive on unfair advertising. But do they violate new American rules? The US Federal Trade Commission has drawn a thin and blurred line that divides established websites from “citizen bloggers.” The main problem? The FTC exonerates the former group from its new disclosure rules.
  • 24 August 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Italian bloggers strike against government

    Francesco Federico reviews the 14 July bloggers' strike in Italy, during which worried bloggers protested potential limits to their freedom of speech under a proposed right-of-response law created by Angelino Alfano, the Minister of Justice and proposed to the Parliament. The proposed law would regulate information on the Internet in an attempt to limit defamation of people, companies and products online. Throughout Italy, Federico writes, the main concern about the Alfano's proposal is not its goal, rather in regards to the ways he suggests reaching it. Such stringent behaviour in response to libel claims isn't even required of national print newspapers in Italy, which are free to ruin a person's reputation on the front page, and then allowed to rectify, when they do, in a short article at page 19.
  • 15 April 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Sharing stories of Muslim integration in Italy

    Yalla Italia stands out from a desolate landscape of xenophobia as a manifestation of true multicultural spirit. But can a website bridge two cultures as distant as the Italian and the Muslim ones?
  • 7 April 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    State of the Media: Legacy media journalists are pessimistic

    A fairly high percentage of journalists working in "old media" surveyed in the Pew Research Center's annual study say new media loosen journalistic standards and values. This Italian EJC contributor says he in no way considers being up-to-date and sharing his voice with other people to be a "detriment of values".
  • 23 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    The end of online anonymity in Italy?

    A proposed law would require Italian citizens to identify themselves every time they comment on a YouTube video or post in a discussion forum.
  • 12 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Telcom Italia’s not so Capital idea

    Is Telcom Italia's programme to stimulate innovation just a marketing ploy?
  • 6 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    TV hostess escorts Italians to Facebook

    A popular Italian television host's positive opinion of Facebook has improved the Italian view of online social networking.
  • 25 February 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    At a Freemium: Finding the best business strategy for your content

    To create sustainable business models, strategists need to think less about selling a product and more about selling a service. Or rather a series of services.
  • 16 February 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    In Italy it’s Arrivederci, Facebook!

    Italy is again seriously trying to censor the Internet with a new bill that would force Internet Service Providers to shut down entire websites if the Ministry of the Interior decides the site condones crime.
  • 3 February 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    User-generated content on trial in Italy

    A guilty verdict in the Italian trial of four Google executives could set a very dangerous precedent for any company which hosts user-generated content.
  • 19 January 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Lost in Google? How to optimise your writing for the web

    Seriously: If Google finds you easily, so will the rest of the Internet. And helping the world to find you is essential to generating readers and igniting conversation.
  • 5 January 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    How to: Bail out of your newspaper and dive into the blogosphere

    Revolutions in new media revolution have put old media into an unpleasant situation, one in which they have to grasp at the potential of the Internet in order to evolve and stay alive. Six Apart noticed and has offered to help journalists... in the US.
  • 17 December 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    Talk it up: Brand strategy online

    There are many strategies to encourage online conversations about a product, service or brand.
  • 3 December 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    Beyond the Piazzas: Internet access in Italy on the wane

    Fewer Italian households have access to the Internet in 2008 than 2007. Is the greatest enemy of a modern Italy the Italians themselves?