A clutch of Italian hotels and small businesses are already accepting Bitcoin payments - but is there enough demand from the public, and will lawmakers throw a spanner in the works?
Italy's got tech
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Raffaele Mastrolonardo is a journalist and co-founder of effecinque news agency. He has been writing about technology for the past 11 years or so for some of the most important Italian news media.
In the last 12 years Federico has been working as a freelance journalist, at first covering current affairs and economy and then focusing on technology, writing extensively for several Italian national media outlets.
In Venice, a new project involving open data, sensor tech, and "civic hacking" is aiming to tackle the problem of flooding for the city's canals.
Thanks to insurers offering discounts to drivers with connected cars, the IoT sector is bucking the downward trend seen elsewhere in Italy's ICT market.
A long-awaited study into Italy's broadband says that the country is unlikely to meet European deadlines for superfast deployments. Nonetheless, there are reasons to be cheerful, according to Italy's digital champion.
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After clearing parliament, a tax law that would force online advertising sellers from outside Italy to make themselves taxable in the country has hit a road block.
A budget amendment could force any online firm operating in Italy to set up a taxable entity in the country, but opinion is divided on whether it will fill the country's coffers – or even pass EU scrutiny.
A new package of regulation has been passed in Italy, cutting the costs and time needed to get sites blocked or copyright infringing work removed from the internet. But is the law as well thought out as it should be?
A wave of investment is headed towards the Italian island – but not everyone's convinced it will be a silver bullet.