A new nonprofit organisation called Global Trust Authority (GTA) has been created to act as an oversight and certification agency for electronic commerce at an international level.
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Telecom Italia's Internet division, Telecom Italia Net, has announced that it will start to offer free Internet access to Italian users. This move comes after other two Italian telecommunication companies, Tiscali and Infostrada, started to offer free access nationwide.
The mobile phone craze has reached a new benchmark in Italy: There are now more mobile handsets than conventional, wired telephones.
While the number of fixed-line phones has barely budged from 25.2 million in years, according to the Telecommunications Authority in Italy, the number of mobile subscribers has grown rapidly.
Barriers to use of the Internet in Italy are rapidly falling, and the number of Italian Internet users is expected to grow very quickly in the coming months.
For quite some time, access to the Internet for Italians was difficult and expensive, with too few points of presence, especially in rural areas; high costs of Internet subscriptions; a low installed base of PCs, and metered local phone calls.
Now the situation is changing rapidly as each of these barriers tumbles down.
After three full days surfing the Net almost continuously, an Italian cybersurfer was brought to the hospital because of hallucinations and delirium.