A Mechanism for Sharing Public Policy Relating to the Internet

 The problem started from incorrect content and suspected copyright infringement discovered on a site curated by DeNA, and one after another, CyberAgent, Recruit, KDDI, etc. began hiding or unpublishing the site.

 It is impossible to reach an agreement between the responsibilities of new companies doing business in gray areas, and the public and public institutions.

 10 years ago, when the net safety of young people became an issue, and 5 years ago, when social gaming became an issue, the same IT companies demanded the same response from the same developing businesses.

 But this time the difference is that, instead of government intervention, net users themselves are doing the denouncing. Since there has been no involvement from government, businesses have let their guard down, and let this turn into a much bigger issue. 

 The private sector has attempted to weather the storm through self-regulation, by creating the Japan Internet Safety Promotion Association and the EMA during the young people safety issue, and the Japan Social Game Association during the social gaming issue. I participated in these efforts, pouring my own sweat and tears into coordinating them. We are still working to get over these hurdles. It is important for the industry to show that it can cleanse itself.

The same applies to measures against comment brigading. The New Media Risk Association that was formed in 2012 to promote joint measures between the public and private sectors took a similar approach.

In this case, each company took independent action to close down the site, but we should also demand a response from the industry as a whole. The National Assembly and the administration also consider it a problem, after all.

 For example, if the industry is giving serious thought to how to deal with copyright issues, wouldn’t it be better to begin putting money into a fund to compensate users for their legal expenses?

 Or wouldn’t it be better for the industry to prepare another mechanism such as alternative dispute resolution for cases that don’t reach the level of litigation?

 The sharing economy also has similar aspects. It is a business model that operates in a gray area of business regulations while making use of common resources. While the gray nature of it is what makes it popular, some problems can be anticipated, and along with requiring self-regulation from the private sector, the government is also considering joint measures.

 However, it may not do any good to deal with specific problems with specific industry measures and self-regulations. The importance of the Internet is only going to increase. More specific problems like this are sure to develop in the future. This is the time to come up with some general measures.

 The problems with businesses using the Internet are not limited to so-called IT companies. As Internet user businesses shift to become more technologically advanced, the number of stakeholders will grow, and so will the number of challenges. This is why it’s difficult to settle on a one-size-fits-all solution.

 However, for this reason, a comprehensive private mechanism is required that would allow telecommunications companies and IT companies to cooperate on public policy measures while standing up to the government, so that these measures can be put in place with some flexibility.


Fellini of Rome

I have not matured enough to discuss Fellini or Rome, but I visited Margutta street where Fellini I lived with Giulietta Masina, so I decided to jot some things down.

Fellini left his home Rimini, which he depicted in Amarcord, and came to Rome when he was 17 under the Mussolini government.
It was inevitable to enter the movie industry from the scenarios of Rossellini’s “Roma città apert.
The atmosphere here is well depicted in the vulgar scenes of Trastevere neighborhood in “Fellini’s Roma.

“Fellini’s Roma” shows chaos and freedom.
The confusion of war, hippies in 72, motorcycles racing by, or the bizarre and brilliant fashion shows by priests, they are all the same Roma.
The scene where the old Fresco drawings disappear as soon as it touches modern air is an homage to uncertainty of beauty.

“La Dolce Vita”.
From the intro when the helicopter hangs the statue of Christ to the scene where Silvia and Marcello climb up the stairs of St. Peter's Basilica, it represents the chaos of modern and old times.
(When I visited St. Peter's Basilica, the “holy gates” which only opens once every 25 years was open. Apparently, having gone through the gate, all my sins have been forgiven.)

Fatigue and depravation. You reach for the elegant lady but you can’t get her.
The intelligent elite professor kills himself, taking his family with him.
Cannot be saved. Cannot be saved.
Fellini says the Rome he draws in “La Dolce Vita” is “The town in my imagination”.
The monument that remains on Veneto street.
Tired from the party, Marcello finds a dead body of an ugly fish/stingray.
What awaits us past disorder and despair.
The screaming voice of the beautiful girl on the shores do not get to him. Marcello says “Chao” and turns around.
Suburbs of Rome, Ostia shores.
Today, these are shining resorts.

Similarly at Ostia shores, Guido, impersonated by Mastroianni, is told “Chao” by Saraghina, a strange girl dancing the Rumba at “8 1/2”.
A beautiful and sad parting from boyhood.
A beach that shines on the history of film.

In “8 1/2” Fellini filmed himself.
The title came from the number of pieces he had shot up to that point. He thought of the structure while he was driving to Ostia.
He filmed it on site and he improvised based on instinct.
You could say it was Nouvelle Vague.

This shore is known as a place where Pasolini was killed after filming “Salò”.

“Life is a festival”
The last scene of “8 1/2” where he runs in circles is one of the best 3 ending scenes (for me) next to Ferdinand exploding in Godard’s “Pierrot Le Fou” and the long take on the beach in Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Sansho the Bailiff”. Although apparently “Pierrot Le Fou” is an homage to Mizoguchi.
They are all shot on the beach.

Fellini uses plazas like these very preciously.
Anita Ekberg walks into an empty Trevi Fountain with a kitten on her head.
A famous scene from “La Dolce Vita”.
Drew the holy plaza with strong paintbrush strokes.

Renzi Park is where the boxing match takes place in “Fellini’s Roma”.
Plazas like these are what makes Italy, Italy.

I visited a village called Bagnoregio in Lazio, where “La Strada” was shot.
Was Gelsomina here, or Zampano...?
I could not find out,

Right across from there, the “Castle in the Sky” called Civita was enshrined.
I hear it is the model for Miyazaki Hayao’s “Castle in the Sky”.

The white spa in “8 1/2” was Chianciano Terme, near Siena, Toscana.
It was a sad village.
Fellini kept drawing elegant women.
But maybe he was looking for tranquility.

Yes, just like Marcello and Guido.