The international e-government conference held in Cernobbio, Italy yesterday (7 July) is taking place just one week after the Italian tenure of the European Union presidency began.
E-government was one of Silvio Berlusconi's electoral priorities two years ago, when he was appointed prime minister.
Although a digital revolution still has not started in Italy, Berlusconi's government is the first to have a ministry of Innovation and Technologies, albeit without a portfolio - meaning that the minister sits in the Council of Ministers but must ask other departments for financial resources.
It seems possible that the Italian term at the EU helm might be characterised by an emphasis on digital innovation, something Italy has been lacking until now.
Roberto Formigoni, president of the regional council in Lombardy - one of the richest and most productive in Europe - underlined how local institutions can successfully promote innovation throughout the country.
Erkki Liikanen, the EU's commissioner for the Information Society, also awarded the best e-government projects out of the 65 finalists in the eEurope Awards contest.
Alessandro La Spada writes for Computerworld