Al Jazeera interviews Lina Ben Mhenni

Dear Minister Besson [open letter]

It has been a shock to land in Paris for the event you have organized: “New World 2.0: Concretizing the Internet of the Future.” I would like to thank you and your staff for the opportunity to be there, it was a really exciting and interesting event.

It has been a great surprise to see you –  Minister of Industry, Energy and Digital Economy – personally moderating a panel with a dozen young bloggers and journalists from Tunisia and Morocco. Learning directly from people like Emna Ben Jemaa about the disruptive force that has liberated those countries and communities, who now hope for much better future. It was refreshing to feel the power of the Internet, the only real guarantee of things like freedom of communication and speech. Indeed fundamental right, because can liberate people from oppression and false media. Today people are not isolated anymore, and can reach out to millions.

It impressive to learn that France has put together a Ministry like yours, so strategic these days. Energy, Industry, Digital Economy. I must admit I didn’t even know it existed in the heart of Europe a Minister of the Internet economy. Nevertheless is should be obvious considering that it generates 5% of your gross product and large parte of the growth in your economy. Originates new companies that in a matter of few years have hundreds of millions of revenues, thousands of workers, mainly young people.

It was a shock to see you staying for all the two days, engaged actively in every single session. Considering your job, you must be a pretty busy guy these days, and again, it was just unbelievable for me to see a Minister partecipating to an event from the opening to the end.

But the real shock was to land in Milano Malpensa and just realize that, there was no reason for me to be so surprised about all of this. This should be normal, this should be how things are. A Minister that knows what he is talking about and tries to connect with the real society and the real problems. Well it’s not so normal down here.

Truly yours,

Gianluca Dettori


Australia invests in the digital economy, Italy fights against it

This is what’s going on:

– Australians are crazy to invest 47 Bn Australian dollars in the broadband network
– Italy cuts its only 800 million euros to bring broadband in major cities of Italy

Not many options are available to explain this weird discrepancy:

– either the Australian government is going nuts in overinvesting in some useless technology
– or Italian government is crazy in cutting out it only source of development in a moment when everything is going bust

who do you think is going the right way?

Structural solutions to development and unemployment

It’s fascinating to look at what happening around world on alternative currencies. I think we are at the beginning of a financial revolution, that will be largely driven by the digitalization of currencies and fueled by the current crisis. Here the story from Brazil of the Palma currency, that has transformed a rural area near Fortaleza.

Some vision from the Wall Strett Journal about a possible future of peer to peer currency.