After months of consultation and consideration, Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) has announced the identities of the 30 experts recruited to advise the government in its efforts to develop a national strategy on DLT and blockchain technology. MISE published a list of the experts on its website this week.
The Ministry had launched its effort to select the group in late September. At the time, MISE noted that it considered distributed ledger technologies and blockchain a “fundamental priority” for Italy. Minister Luigi Di Maio summed up the nation’s choice:
“Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain are destined to radically change our lives, the society in which we live and the economic and productive fabric of the country. We have to decide which way to go: whether to continue to follow the development processes that take place globally or be part of the change trying to govern these processes with well-defined national strategies, which enhance the excellence that, even in the technology sector, we have in our country."
The Ministry’s stated objectives included identifying and analyzing existing private DLT and blockchain initiatives, best practices, and potential public sector use cases, and the development of tools that can foster and promote more widespread adoption of blockchain applications that can benefit citizens and businesses across Italy.
The Ministry’s plan involved recruiting a diverse group of experts:
10 members of the business world or of the relevant trade associations operating in the field of DLT and blockchain;
10 representatives of organizations and research centers, public administration, the academic world or think-tank;
10 representatives of trade unions, the third sector, consumers or, in general, civil society.