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.
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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.
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.
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.
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