Italy shows high ambitions in digital innovations

According to the Global Information Technology Report 2016 Italy has terrifically boosted its digital developement figures in the last year and can...

Italy digitallization

According to the Global Information Technology Report 2016 Italy has terrifically boosted its digital developement figures in the last year and can be surely called one of the most fast-developing countries when it comes to getting the best use of information and communication technologies.

The above mentioned report actually states that in the 2016 Italy has arrived to the 45th position of the NRI (Networked Readiness Index) which has been the biggest improvement  among all the countries’ performances.

What is NRI

The Networked Readiness Index basically measures the overall situation of each country in terms of innovations and its information and communication technology environment. In other words it shows how wide spread the usage of the information and communication technologies among the population is. Besides it assesses the level of the technological development and the technology usage not only of the society in general but also of the businesses and the public sector.

The Italy’s digital performance

The success of Italy this year is strongly connected with the measures and actions taken by the country’s government in the last year.

An interesting point, however, is that not all the macro areas are developing equally and with the same pace. On top of that one specific area which is political and regulatory environment doesn’t develop at all but retrogrades. Why so? The answer can be found in the latest major interventions in the regulation of digital technology implemented by the Italian government.

Italy's digital performance
Italy’s digital performance
Source: World Economic Forum

Summarizing the issue there have been two main focuses of the legislative interventions of the Italian government in the past three years. On one hand it tried to improve the access to the digital network, the digital rights and the digital competence development, on the other – develop the digital infrastructure to promote innovations in public sector and in industry.

It is important to bear in mind, however, that the effectiveness of the above stated initiatives will depend on the modifications that the parliament process will introduce as well as on the capability of the Italian government to apply them in short terms.