The Guardian: US tourist injured falling into Mount Vesuvius crater after taking selfie

The Guardian: US tourist injured falling into Mount Vesuvius crater after taking selfie. “The 23-year-old and his family reached the 1,281m-high (4,202ft) summit of the volcano towering over the southern Italian city of Naples after bypassing a visitor turnstile and proceeding along an out-of-bounds path. The man was taking a selfie, according to local press reports, when his phone slipped out of his hand and into the mouth of the volcano.”

Google Blog: Preserving languages and the stories behind them

Google Blog: Preserving languages and the stories behind them. “Thanks to a collaboration with our global partners, ranging from language communities to national language institutes, you can now discover the languages of Maya, Tepehua, Sanskrit, Vurës, Kumeyaay/Diegueño, Potawatomi and Serravallese, spoken across Mexico, South Asia, the South Pacific, the United States and Italy.”

Bleeping Computer: Italian city of Palermo shuts down all systems to fend off cyberattack

Bleeping Computer: Italian city of Palermo shuts down all systems to fend off cyberattack. “The municipality of Palermo in Southern Italy suffered a cyberattack on Friday, which appears to have had a massive impact on a broad range of operations and services to both citizens and visiting tourists. Palermo is home to about 1.3 million people, the fifth most populous city in Italy. The area is visited by another 2.3 million tourists every year. Although local IT experts have been trying to restore the systems for the past three days, all services, public websites, and online portals remain offline.”

Google Blog: Milan Cathedral, up close and beautiful

Google Blog: Milan Cathedral, up close and beautiful. “Milan Cathedral Remixed was made possible by Google Arts & Culture technology, in partnership with the Veneranda Fabbrica. This ambitious digitization project led to the capture of more than 50 stained glass windows in high resolution, bringing the Google Art Camera to a dizzying height of 30 meters. This captured the details of more than 2,000 stained glass window panels, many of which can’t be seen from ground level.”

The Times: Italy offers to rebuild Mariupol theatre and save Ukraine’s cultural heritage

The Times: Italy offers to rebuild Mariupol theatre and save Ukraine’s cultural heritage. “Italy has offered to rebuild Mariupol’s theatre, a symbol of the wanton destruction of war, and to provide the assistance of its ‘monuments men’ to protect Ukraine’s artistic heritage. The offer to rebuild the Donetsk Regional Drama Theatre, where as many as 300 people may have died, was made last month by Dario Franceschini, Italy’s culture minister.”

Ars Technica: Robotic dog will be on patrol in Pompeii

Ars Technica: Robotic dog will be on patrol in Pompeii. “The nearby volcano blackened the sky and swallowed the city in clouds of ash; centuries later, robot dogs now prowl the ruins, guarding the city’s dead against the ravages of time. That’s not a movie plot. It’s what’s actually happening at the 2,000-year-old Roman ruins of Pompeii, in Southern Italy. Boston Dynamics’ robot dog, Spot, will help archaeologists and preservation crews by patrolling the 66-hectare site for signs of erosion, damage, and looting.”

Courthouse News: Italy fines US facial recognition firm Clearview AI

Courthouse News: Italy fines US facial recognition firm Clearview AI. “Italy’s data privacy watchdog on Wednesday fined U.S.-based firm Clearview AI 20 million euros (almost $22 million) over its controversial facial recognition software. The watchdog ordered the company to delete data relating to people in Italy and banned it from further collection and processing of information there.”

Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish communities look to digitize 35,000 Jewish texts

Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish communities look to digitize 35,000 Jewish texts. “A new initiative aims to digitize some 35,000 Jewish texts sitting in the hands of 14 different Jewish community organizations and 25 state institutions across Italy. Around 10,000 volumes have already been digitized as part of the Italya Books project, an initiative of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, the National Central Library of Rome, the National Library of Israel and the Rothschild Hanadiv Europe Foundation.”

Italics Mag: The Best Italian Museums — The Italics Guide

Italics Mag: The Best Italian Museums — The Italics Guide. “According to the data collected by Istat in 2019, there are over 4,800 museums in Italy. This number includes galleries, archaeological areas, ecomuseums, and monuments. It may not come as much of a surprise, considering the wealth of Italy’s artistic heritage. This is spread throughout the Italian territory: one municipality out of three has at least one museum.” I’m including this because most of the museums featured have some form of digital presence that is discussed.