Italian politicians simply don't know what they're talking about and what they're doing (and sadly, it's not just about the web): they look for publicity on people's ignorant fears and are obedient to economic interests smarter than them. They think they are the only ones in the world worried about what happens on the web, and don't ask anybody what the hell people are thinking in the other countries. They don't lift the phones and call one or two of the many experts about these things, because they fear them: they speak different languages, they live in different worlds and times. The MP who signed the law said in an interview that if Facebook or YouTube should not respect these rules, "they don't deserve the State's respect", and they should be "closed".
They're not bad people: they're worse.
Via Huffington Post.