The Limits of Reality: Law 106 of 2004


Last year, the law 106/2004 was guided through the legislature by Urbani, who is now ex-Minister. This law obliges anyone who distributes information electronically (thus this includes by Internet) to send a copy to the central Libraries in Florence and in Rome.

Anyone who has a website, a newsletter, or a mailing list where information is circulated must send a copy to the Libraries, or pay a fine of 1,500 Euro.

The law aims to “conserve the memory of Italian culture and Italian social life”.

Does Urbani have any idea of the Internet? Does he know that its contents are changing every second, that there are about a million websites registered in Italy, or has he been using Stanca as consultant?

We could do an Urbani-thing and send our sites, blogs, and newsletters to the Library of Florence (for the attention of Urbani, and carbon copy to Stanca). It’s a shame, but not even the Library of Florence knows what to do with them.

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By Derek Banner.

Parents and world authorities are outraged by paedophiles luring children and minors into sex and prostitution in chat forums on the Internet. The shocking fact has triggered a strong debate on who is more to blame for the lack of protection and safety of children and minors on the Internet. Internet authorities, Chat administrators, the police, politicians, and the sex industry all together seem to have diverged views on who should carry the largest portion of responsibility on the issue, however one thing they and the rest of the world seem to agree on is that the Internet simply ought to be made safer for children and minors. Proper safety measures and effective ways of tracking perpetrators ought to be put in place.

The true solution for a safer Internet for children and minors is ”Taking children off the Internet and giving them another online alternative”.

Every human society is generally structured with two worlds, - the world of adults and the world of children. And as by tradition children do not access the world of adults without supervision by parents or caregivers who guarantee their safety and well-being.
However, today’s online world of the Internet offers only one venue in which both children and adults interact and have access to services provided and to the information available. And often children do not always visit the Internet with parents’ or caregivers’ supervision.
Thus, while the information and communication technology has created unimagined opportunities for millions of people worldwide, it has however provided new tools for criminals and has caused new “headaches” for parents around the globe who care and worry about their children’s safety.
The proliferation of pornography, drugs, sexual abuse, obscenity, gambling, terrorists’ recruiting propaganda, and various other materials harmful to children and minors over the Internet have created major concerns for parents and authorities worldwide. Protecting children online has therefore become a particularly challenging issue.
In December 2000, the US Congress passed the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a federal law to address concerns about children’s access in schools and libraries to the Internet and other information. Billions of dollars are allocated worldwide every year to design and develop filters and new software systems that can provide children’s safety on the Internet. However, despite all the efforts, none of the major players in the computer industry, let alone Microsoft, can give full assurance and guarantee a hundred-percent children-safety over the Internet. And parents and caregivers are often unfamiliar with new child-safety software tools available to them. Meanwhile predators are being very creative and find new ways to use the Internet to deceive and harm consumers, using technical and social engineering to mask their intent.

How can the world then provide a proper and full online-safety for children and minors around the globe? Will getting children offline solve the problem?
The answer certainly is a clear and global NO! Being online has simply become one of the most educative and best learning tools for children in today’s world.
Instead, getting children off the Internet and giving them another online alternative would be the ultimate solution. KINDERNET, a unique and separate information and communication world for children as a substitute to the Internet is a true solution for children online-safety and a cure to parents and caregivers’ nightmare.
Copyright Ó Derek Banner, 2005-2006. The Kindernet Company, Ó2005-2006, all rights reserved

Posted by: Derek Banner | November 16, 2006 01:07 PM

Hi Beppe,

Talking about the eccessive power (in Italy) of Bill Gates on Pc products (operative systems, office suite, internet browser), I'd like to know if the making aware of italian PC consumers about better and free products is in your future plans. Italian People are already ready to use two open source products that are free and much better than microsoft products because they are developed by the largest community of "garage" informatic technicians.
Mozilla Firefox as internet browser ( and Openoffice as Office Suite (
Best Regards,

Posted by: Emanuele Leonforte | April 1, 2006 09:30 PM


I use already for a year Voip Buster (and now also Voip Stunt) to make free calls all over the world and inside the Netherlands,too, where I live.
I like very much to phone through the normal phone and found out that I have to use the Trust Internet Phone Station ST-1200. But I don't know how to use the Internet Phone Station with Voip Buster of Voip stunt. In the Ne\therlands all the shops sell the stations, also Tiptel, with the Skype software. But Skype is not free. And so I prefer Voip Stunt.
Can anybody explain me how to use the Trust Station with Voip Stunt? Is this possible and how?

Kind reggards,


Posted by: Sacha | April 1, 2006 01:54 PM

I am writing this mail after that I tried to talk with an call center operator of my mobile provider (TIM).
This is not the first time over the years that I call 119 for help.
What happens now is really funny or depressing.. there is this Interaction Vocal Response system (a.k.a. IVR) that provides different choiches.
You have to dail a digit for the info that you need.
What happens is that if you don't find in the pre-registrated answers the one that you are looking for there is NO WAY to talk to an operator.
A part from that the fact that this is quite annoying, my question is: what happened to TIM Call Center that has always full of young Co.Co.Co. workers? Are they all gone?
I didn't have time to do it but maybe it is worth to do a comparison with the Call Center of the other providers isn't it?
Best regards, Stefano Bianchini

Posted by: Stefano Bianchini | January 20, 2006 12:52 AM

I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $28640. Isn't that crazy!

Posted by: Betsy Markum | December 22, 2005 03:52 AM

I've managed to save up roughly $45050 in my bank account, but I'm not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?

Posted by: Courtney Gidts | November 14, 2005 11:24 PM

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