Lawyer Andrea Monti, who blogs in Italian at ICTlex, is winner in the Europe category of this year’s RSF Freedom Blog Awards.
Monti is concerned that people in Western democracies are not sufficiently aware of the extent to which their freedoms of speech are being eroded - and while the erosion starts online in the virtual world it has real physical implications. He argues that people need to stop thinking about online space as something “less real” than physical space, because as far as the law is concerned, rights and freedoms on and offline are the same. The problem is even more extreme, he believes, for people who do not live in democracies. He hopes more people will blog about these issues and raise awareness.
Rebecca MacKinnon spoke to Andrea via Skype, recorded the conversation and uploaded it here as a podcast. Click here to listen (MP3, 13MB).