Major Leonardo DomeniciAccording to the main Italian press agency ANSA, the major of the beautiful city Florence, Leonardo Domenici, has just filed a complaint to take in court Wikipedia, accused of defamation.
MichelangeloReason: the encyclopedic entry about him, currently obscured as a legal precaution*, reported a story about his wife being favored by the city administration in public contracts. In a note, major Domenici states that this is "a slander", as already ruled in a trial.

Question: since Wikipedia is open to public editing and discussion, did Domenici try to rectify the story, possibly abducting the aforementioned ruling as a reference, before trying to take this case in a court? And, most important, who's legally responsible for editorial content which is freely editable by anyone and whose authority is supposed to derive by external references and editing history/discussion?

*March the 1st, a couple hours later...

A previous version of the article dating to August 2007 has been restored, removing the whole "Criticisms" section as shown by this chronology diff.
For those who can read Italian, here's the Wikipedia editors discussion about this case: at the core, they're raising same question I asked myself this morning: couldn't he simply click the "Edit" button?

3 Responses to “Florence VS Wikipedia”

  1. #1 Marcelo says:

    Definitely, politicians do not know how internet works. Not here in Brazil, not in the States, and apparently not in Italy either...

  2. #2 Nick says:

    yes, that's the question that needs to be answered first. why did he not just rectify the situation by putting in an edit in which he could state his case, complain, communicate with Wiki editors, etc.? Why make such a big hairy deal about a situation that may have a simple solution. Or is he a politician...

  3. #3 himagain says:

    Hi there people,
    Every netizen should know just how the world really works and about the "crocodiles" that are out there.
    The Wikipedia thing is really a great insidious example.
    Here is the guy who broke it open.
    http://virgil.gr/
    More good material can be found here:
    http://nexusmagazine.com/
    covers some really weird areas in a very catholic manner.
    Errr, catholic, not Catholic

    Cheers?
    Him

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