California State University Channel Islands: Professor coordinates virtual tours of Florence culture guided by CSU International Program faculty

California State University Channel Islands: Professor coordinates virtual tours of Florence culture guided by CSU International Program faculty . “CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) students and the public can stroll through the streets, churches, public squares, restaurants and markets of Florence, Italy guided by some of the instructors of CSUIP in a new series of videos called ‘International Digital Education with Academics and Scholars’ or IDEAS.”

Wanted in Milan: Italian schoolgirl takes online lessons in mountains surrounded by goats

Wanted in Milan: Italian schoolgirl takes online lessons in mountains surrounded by goats. “Schools in Italy’s ‘red zones’ are closed under the nation’s covid-19 restrictions, meaning millions of children of all ages are taking lessons online from home. Not so in the case of 10-year-old Fiammetta, in the northern Trentino province, who is connecting with her fourth-grade teachers and classmates from high up in the mountains, surrounded by goats.”

Reuters: Google signs deals with Italian publishers for content on News Showcase

Reuters: Google signs deals with Italian publishers for content on News Showcase. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it had sealed agreements with various Italian publishers to offer access to some of their content on the U.S. tech giant’s Showcase news platform. Google News Showcase is a global vehicle to pay news publishers for their content online and a new service that would allow partnering publishers to curate content and provide limited access to paywalled stories for users.”

Travel+Leisure: Italy Heads Into Another Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Travel+Leisure: Italy Heads Into Another Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Surge. “The ‘red zone’ regions — those with more than 250 cases per 100,000 residents — are now under strict lockdowns, with all non-essential stores closed and people only allowed to leave their homes for work or health reasons. Currently, half of Italy’s 20 regions, including the cities of Milan, Rome, and Venice, are under those orders. Those in the ‘orange zone’ can’t leave their towns or regions, but restaurants and bars are allowed to offer takeout and delivery, the news site explained. The current restrictions will be in place through at least April 6.”

Google Blog: The words of women artists, in the museum and online

Google Blog: The words of women artists, in the museum and online. “We might realize the significant lack of space and voice given to women artists. That’s one of the reasons behind the National Gallery of Rome’s radical six-year program, Women Up. It brings together many of our works by women artists, while also focusing on the representation of women and the damage done by residual stereotypes… Making a meaningful contribution to the visibility of women in the museum means thinking outside the confines of our physical space, and exploring new curatorial techniques. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Google Arts & Culture to bring the entire program online…”

The Florentine: The new Alinari Foundation

The Florentine: The new Alinari Foundation. “The Alinari Archive, with its over five million items from the 1840s to the present day, was purchased by the Region of Tuscany at the end of 2019. It is now under the management of the new Alinari Foundation (Fondazione Alinari), which has the scope of conserving and promoting the archive. Today, the foundation announced its new home and plans for the future, including a museum, although the location has yet to be determined.”

Tubefilter: Italian Data Protection Authority Orders TikTok To Block Underage Users Following Death Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Tubefilter: Italian Data Protection Authority Orders TikTok To Block Underage Users Following Death Of 10-Year-Old Girl. “The Italian Data Protection Authority, the country’s data privacy watchdog, has ordered TikTok to block the accounts of any users who it cannot verify to be at least 13 years old — the minimum age to enlist on the platform. The order arrives after a 10-year-old Palermo girl tragically died of asphyxiation while reportedly partaking in a TikTok trend known as the ‘blackout challenge’, Reuters reports, in which users tie a belt around their necks in an attempt to pass out while filming themselves.”

Ferrino: Presentation of the Ferrino Digital Historical Archive

Ferrino, and translated from Italian: Presentation of the Ferrino Digital Historical Archive. “The history of Ferrino joins the evolution of the outdoors in Italy, its successes and its international achievements. It is with this awareness that Ferrino, for its 150th anniversary, wanted to give itself a Digital Archive, a tool capable of cataloging and sharing all the memories, anecdotes and testimonies of the brand, to create a future memory. A strategic structure for the company, thus able to make its history accessible, digital, catalogable and easily usable.”

Coronavirus: Italy extends ‘red zones’ as infections soar (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Italy extends ‘red zones’ as infections soar. “Italy has added more regions to its coronavirus high-risk ‘red zones’ as cases across the country hit a new daily record. Campania and Tuscany will join other regions placed under the strictest lockdown measures from Sunday. Authorities in Campania, which includes Naples, have warned that the health system there is close to collapse.”

TechCrunch: Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy

TechCrunch: Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy. “Italy’s competition authority has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s display ad business — adding another allegation of abuse of a dominant position to the tech giant’s regulatory woes. In a press release announcing the action the AGCM said it ‘questions the discriminatory use of the huge amount of data collected through its various applications, preventing rivals from competing effectively as well as adversely affecting consumers’.”

Europeana Pro: Bringing the past back to life with the Estense Digital Library

Europeana Pro: Bringing the past back to life with the Estense Digital Library. “The Biblioteca Estense Universitaria has recently launched a new digital platform which brings the institution’s rich and varied collections to the fingertips of students, teachers, scholars and whoever takes an interest in them. The platform, called the Estense Digital Library (EDL for short), contains the library’s entire collection of maps and musical documents, as well as the archives of Ludovico Antonio Muratori (1672 – 1750), an eminent Italian scholar who was archivist and librarian at the Estense Court in the first half of the 18th century. In total, about 8,453 documents are now available on EDL, and we plan to add a thousand more in the coming year. Users will be able to leaf through these precious and fragile documents through 750,000 high-resolution images.”