Italian ISPs have been ordered to block access to tens of sites thought to be sharing movies illegally after an anti-piracy initiative by the country's financial police.
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Raffaele Mastrolonardo is a journalist and co-founder of effecinque (www.effecinque.org) news agency. He has been writing about technology for the past 11 years or so for some of the most important Italian news media, both on and offline, including Corriere della Sera, Wired Italia, SKY.it. He's covered the government IT sector for several years. His last obsession is data journalism.
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. He's also the author of a number of books on social media and the Internet and was a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellow in 2013.
Amid promises to extend its 3G and 4G networks, Vodafone is already looking to LTE-A with a trial in Naples.
After running an incubator program for several years, it's now offering chunks of seed funding to new companies working in online services or green IT.
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?
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.
Equity crowdfunding is a relatively new practice, and Italian startups are among the first to test it out. Without VC support, can companies use equity crowdfunding to turn investors into customers and vice versa?
One of the most carefully designed transitions away from proprietary software is underway in the Italian province of Umbria, with cost, culture and efficiency all spurring the move.
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.
Can the country that took Windows Phone to its heart do the same for the Mozilla operating system?
Italians have always been wary of making purchases online, but things could be about to change, thanks to growing adoption of smartphones and slates.
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