Milan hosts 16th Internet Festival

3 Dec. Macchianera Internet Awards to be judged.

Bloggers, writers, journalists, Facebookers and YouTubers will converge on Milan on Saturday 3 December for the 16th edition of Italy’s most popular internet festival.

Enrico Mentana, Linus, Davide Oldani, Selvaggia Lucarelli, Luca Sofri and Chef Rubio will be among the big names attending the jamboree and awaiting the judges’ sentence on the best (and worst) blogs and sites in 39 categories for the prized Macchianera Internet Awards (MIA16). Over 200,000 ballots have been submitted, say the organisers.

The Open Space of Iulm University will host a programme of debates and round tables, covering issues from the problem of news on social networks to the risks of internet communication, from cyber-bullying to the sharing of recipes and kitchen science, from flying a drone to designing your life.

Entry to all the events is free as long as space permits. Entry to the auditorium for the award ceremony is by (free) ticket only; batches of tickets are being released daily on the festival website.

The event is organised by milanese Gianluca Neri, founder of one of Italy’s first successful blogs, Macchianera, now a multi-author publication. Neri came to the wider public’s attention in 2005 when he published the full version of the official US statement on the killing of Italian agent Nicola Calipari in Baghdad, revealing the names and other essential details which had been redacted out of the version made public.

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