From the "General States of Innovation" a proposal to the Monti Government for a "package against the digital spread"

Final version of the press release, complete with sheets of the eight proposed actions

On Friday 25 and Saturday 26, in two days of intense work, the States General of Innovation (SGI), an initiative to which over one hundred associations, companies and non-profit organizations have joined, carried out the first stage of the "roadmap for innovation of Italy” proposing a comparison between the “three states” (politics and administrations, businesses and universities, the third sector) on the theme of innovation as the obligatory way to get the country out of the crisis.

Dozens of representatives of political forces, the business world, intermediate subjects and operators followed one another on stage and took part in the Open Talk discussing the proposals on the four topics considered fundamental for a national strategic plan for innovation:

  1. creativity and shared knowledge
  2. digital inclusion
  3. innovation for development
  4. open government

On these issues have been prepared organic programs of concrete actions on which the SGI will work in the coming months. Important representatives of the European Commission, the Commission Country team leader,  Mario CAMPOLARGO – DG INFSO/F “Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures”- e  Franco ACCORDINO – European Commission, Leader of the "Digital Futures" Task Force, to which the SGIs proposed themselves as a means of disseminating European policies on the Digital Agenda and innovation and as a representative interlocutor of a broad stakeholder base.

The first immediate action with which the SGI places themselves at the disposal of the Monti Government is the preparation of a "package against the digital spread ” in eight points that allows the relaunch of the sector, also through the activation of the vital and innovative forces that are already present in the country, but which are not yet able to present themselves as an organic system of innovation.

The proposals, exhibited in eight detailed cards, full of operational ideas, describe how:

  1. Creating the conditions for a new culture of innovationCreate the conditions for the development of a culture of innovation, both through the application of new educational models, based on "social learning", and "peer education" in all training courses (school, vocational training, university, training continues), and through technological research applied to new cultural productions, promoting new distribution models in the liberalization of knowledge. An intervention is proposed in RAI, as a public service, to create programming slots on innovation in all areas and on digital cultures.
  2. Pursuing the smart cities model: Interpret the innovative policies relating to smart cities as an opportunity to combine a new design of public space both with the development of broadband and with the invention of new participatory formats, to encourage interaction between the web and the social realities that act in territory.
  3. Promote digital federalism: Privilege the municipality as the engine of an innovative network process both in the field of digitization and in that of energy diversification, enhancing the Local Digital Agenda as a tool for empowering small and medium-sized municipalities.
  4. Use operational subsidiarityOrganization of local models that integrate the collaborative capacity of the network to organize and manage citizen services. To this end, on the basis of a convergence between the local authority and the third sector, the priority is the establishment in each municipality of a regulatory plan for innovation and connectivity, the setting up of digital services conferences in the municipalities and small and medium-sized municipalities , and the systematization of the sharing and integration of experiences and good practices of information, support and awareness for the social groups at greatest risk of delay and exclusion.
  5. Networking the innovation chain:  Networking the entire chain of innovation - University, Business, Credit, Territory - is the key measure to make possible an economic policy centered on innovation as the engine of growth and development of our country.
  6. Launch a call for digital innovation that promotes the competitiveness of Made in Italy and SMEs: A call for the redevelopment of the Italian ICT industry and to encourage the injection of digital technologies and new technologies to open international markets to our SMEs and to increase the competitiveness of strong Made in Italy supply chains.
  7. Relaunch the path towards Open Government The "open" approach wants a PA that is built as a network of interconnected and interoperable administrations, the technologies of the network now allow the PA a new organization and enable the large operations of open data, g-cloud, PA 2.0 which are together an objective of openness, participation and democracy and an instrument of efficiency, efficacy and saving of resources. The use of free/open source software is an important stage in this process of openness.
  8. Making PA data public in open format: A coherent open data strategy must guarantee: the public use of databases of national interest with particular attention to spatial data; an amnesty that considers all the data that the PAs have so far published as "open by default" and therefore subject to the Italian Open Data License (IODL).

The territorial structure through which the association that promotes the SGI will make its capacity for intervention and monitoring on the territory more widespread is being defined.

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