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.


Protecting Personal Information: a review from ZD – Zeitschrift für Datenschutz

This is the English translation of the review that Axel Spies published on the German review ZD – Zeitschrift für Datenschutz Andrea Monti/Raymond Wacks, Protecting Personal Information, Oxford (Hart Publishing) 2019, ISBN 978-1-5099-2485-1, € 60.88 Anyone who wants to deal with the concepts of “data protection” and “privacy” on both sides of the Atlantic on …

Criminal Justice System and Personal Data Protection in Japan and Italy – A Special Lecture at Roma Tre University

Special Lecture(Chair of Criminal Procedure – Prof. Luca Lupària)  Criminal Justice Systemand Personal Data Protectionin Japan and Italy Tuesday 3 September 2019h 15.00 UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI ROMA TREDIPARTIMENTO DI GIURISPRUDENZA – AULA 5via Ostiense 159, Roma  Speakers:Marco Pittiruti (University Roma Tre)Hiroshi Miyashita (Chuo University of Tokyo)Andrea Monti (D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara) N.B. The lectures are …

External Ordre Public and The Limit of GDPR’s Extra-Jurisdictional Reach

It is a well established principle in private international law that The driving force behind development of ordre public externe is the same as that which motivates public policy: no country can afford to open its tribunals to the legislatures of the world without reserving for its judges the power to reject foreign law that …

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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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.