Europeans are debating the overall reach of the Internet into their lives. An Italian court recently convicted three Google executives for privacy violations after a clip was posted on Google Video showing a disabled student being bullied by classmates in Turin. The ruling highlights a deep trans-Atlantic cultural gap: Americans see the ruling as undermining the concept of freedom of expression, while Europeans put privacy first — they consider it a fundamental human right.
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NPR's Sylvia Poggioli has this letter from Europe.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.
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