Italy's Lombardy Region is rolling out superfast broadband on a small scale. To encourage local residents and businesses to take up the service, it's giving connectivity away at no cost.
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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.
A major IT overhaul is afoot in Umbria, guided by ideas and opinions from the area's residents.
Amazon, Google, Apple, and Gameloft are being investigated by Italy's competition authority over concerns that apps marketed as free to play needed in-app purchases to work.
The Italian energy giant is creating a new business unit to explore how IBM's cognitive computing could help it find new oil reserves and make better business decisions.
Building a successful startup is nowhere easy, but it's harder than most in Italy. However, thanks to new initiatives and a spirit of mashing up Italy's traditional industries with the latest tech, that could all be about to change.
When an earthquake hit the region around Pieve di Cento, the village became a symbol of the disaster. Now the area is showing other small towns left off telcos' fibre rollout plans how to make sure superfast broadband reaches them.
The Italian data watchdog has ruled that the company didn't do enough to let people know when Street View cars would be visiting their neighbourhood.
Italy's artists and creatives are hoping to have the levy charged on all blank storage increased, while consumers groups and hardware companies are opposed to what they see as an unfair tax. The battle rages on.
Three Italian corporates are keeping up with their BlackBerry deployments, despite having investigated what the Apple and Android competition has to offer. What's the appeal?
The Italian city is opening up its underground infrastructure to help speed a €15m fibre to the home deployment.
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.
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.
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