Italian Wikipedia Hidden In Protest Of Italy's Wiretapping Act
Wikipedia, the multi-language free online, user-created, open-edited encyclopedia, has taken a stand on Italy's proposed Wiretapping Act, proclaiming its neutrality, in the face of potential self-"neutralization" in an online message to the world.
The message goes on to describe its user-based formula for knowledge of any and all interests or concerns which its users feel compelled to share with other users and readers, and in which Wikipedia feels fully aware and enlightened enough to police itself, and that this Wiretapping Act, as it is understood by Wikipedia's members, "is an unacceptable restriction of the freedom and independence of Wikipedia."
The message goes on to warn its readers "against the risks arising from leaving to the arbitrary will of any party to enforce the alleged protection of its (own) image and its (own) reputation," since this may "most probably" lead some of its users not to deal with some issues and some people, due to the expectation that some may find their own image portrayed objectionably, and in the interest of "avoiding troubles" some interests may be left uncontributable.
In an article in PCMag today, "Wikipedia has been around for a decade now, and the site says its own internal review board has properly handled such issues in the past and asserts that there’s no reason for a law to handle them," claiming that in the rare instance that conflicts regarding its content have not been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties, Wikipedia has removed the entire page.
It is unclear from the declaration whether and how the proposed deletion might take place, or if this message will be a platform for future use.