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This blog collects ideas, texts and information about High-Tech’s culture, politics and law.

I only write about topics I have a decent knowledge about, by way of a direct involvement or fact-checking with authoritative sources.

While in my posting I try to be as much as objective I can, the reader should be aware of what I stand for: Free Speech and Digital Rights, Open Source, Freedom of Science and Scientific Research.

The posts in English are available here.

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The Mistake of Giving Legal Value To Asimov Robotics’ Laws

In 1950, Isaac Asimov published Runaround, a short story where the famous Three Laws of Robotics were featured for the first time. Today, Asimov’s Laws have become the rhetoric trick used by “artificial intelligence” and “intelligent robotics” experts. Asimov’s Law are a brilliant literary invention but, from a legal standpoint, are flawed by a wrong …

India’s Supreme Court, Gay Rights and Privacy. Maybe Something’s Wrong Out There…

Last August, the Supreme Court of India issued a landmark decision on privacy as a fundamental right, opposing the view that privacy has not a Constitutional stand: the submission that privacy is only a right at common law misses the wood for the trees. The central theme is that privacy is an intrinsic part of …

A short bio

My name is Andrea Monti and I am a lawyer, a writer and a scholar in High-Tech Law.

My main fields of practice are the Internet, bioinformatics and high-tech law. I worked -and still do –  for many companies, large and small, national and international. Including research facilities, software houses, telecom operators, internet service providers, international consulting firms, banks, publishers.

I have a solid academic involvement. I am the chair of the Italian Biotech Law Conference and my activity is mainly related to the universities of Chieti and Rome. But I gave lectures in several other faculties. My papers have been published by international and Italian scientific journals, and I gave speeches in Japan, USA, UK, France, Belgium, Czec Republic, Switzerland and Bulgaria.

I provided lectures for the Unione delle Camere penali education programmes and law enforcement training facilities (Istituto superiore della Polizia di Stato, Centro addestramento Polizia postale, Carabinieri’s Centro nazionale amministrativo) about computer crime and copyright law.

My computer law monthly column on PC Professionale lasts since 1995 and is one of the oldest in Italy. Other articles and interviews on these topics have been published by major Italian daily newspapers and magazines, including La Repubblica and IlSole24Ore.

I authored with Stefano Chiccarelli the book Spaghetti Hacker and with Enrico Zimuel e Corrado Giustozzi, Segreti, spie, codici cifrati (both published by Apogeo). Hops editore, published the book Trademark online, that Mr. Monti wrote together with Alessia Ambrosini. He translated into Italian the Alan Cooper’s The inmates are running the asylum with the title Il disagio tecnologico, Cyril N. Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Law with the title La Legge di Parkinson and Raymond Wacks Oxford University Press’ Privacy. A very short introduction with the title Privacy. Una sintetica introduzione.

Ictlex.net – the blog where I collect, since 2000, ideas and documents about the law, politics and culture of the Internet – has been rewarded by Reporter sans frontiéres with the Freedom Blog Award 2005.

In this blog I address for the English-speaking audience, the intricacies of the Italian ICT law, while on www.monti.jp I do the same for the Japanese-speaking scholars and businessmen.

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E-mail lawfirm@andreamonti.net

日本語 – Italiano

I run a couple of blogs about the same topics in other languages. Contents are usually  synchronized, but sometimes they differ due to the audience a post is aimed at.

  • www.monti.jp は、日本語のhigh-tech lawのブログです。
  • www.ictlex.net è il blog in italiano che si occupa di diritto, politica e cultura della rete.