Salotto 2021 – Roll the dice
On November 29, the Salotto returned, the annual event on technology and surroundings, promoted by MIX – Milan Internet eXchange: an opportunity for informal discussion and reflection on issues related to the Internet, targeted at company directors, technical managers, technology experts and enthusiasts, as well as industry journalists.
The fifteenth edition of the most anticipated B2B event by TLC operators in Italy took place in “phygital mode”: in addition to the live streaming event, there will in fact be a partial live audience presence.
As in the 2020 edition, this year’s Salotto was broadcast using live streaming. The agenda of the day was developed as an interactive schedule, usable through an app, to encourage involvement and networking opportunities among the participants, both at the event and remotely.
The app acted as a single interface through which delegates could access all live content, review the videos of the recorded sessions, interact with each other, with the speakers, sponsors and with the various protagonists of the event.
On the theory of quantum mechanics, Albert Einstein joked that “God does not play dice with the universe”.
But the Ancient Greeks would have contested what Einstein said; in fact, they believed that it was possible to predict the will of the gods with a simple roll of the dice.
This partly has to do with the evolution of the human brain that requires the development of cognitive skills necessary to predict the future and explains the need for modern man to collaborate more and more with machines in order to increase these skills.
Today, we know how much technologies have influenced our way of life and how new forms of communication and new technologies have influenced the simplification of complex activities and the ability to process information.
By betting on the future and using the game of dice, we choose the faces of the dice by assigning content to each rather than a number. For example, I would choose: Pervasive sensors and the Internet of Things, Mobile Edge Computing, 5G and its evolutions, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Extended Reality, Immersive Multimedia Support, and Data Computing.
Advances in processing and new energy sources will allow the distribution of ever smaller devices and sensors that will provide information about our homes and cities, about our bodies and the way we live.
Low-latency, high-bandwidth wireless networks will bring processing power closer to the edge, improving timing and introducing artificial intelligence to countless connected devices.
5G technology will provide extremely fast wireless connectivity, virtually eliminating network delays and enabling cities to be more connected than ever.
AI is making it possible to use learning for previously unimaginable applications (self-driving cars for example).
New display technologies, such as flexible screens, and evolutions in holograms will combine interfaces to enable unprecedented multimedia experiences, capable of stimulating all of our senses.
The future of data computing is in the cloud. Cloud technology is based on the practicality of current electronic data processing methods, increasing their speed and effectiveness. If the data is faster and of better quality, organisations will have more information to use in order to extract valuable business intelligence.
However, the die requires security and infrastructure. Every time this die is rolled, systems and solutions will have to be applied to increase the level of data protection and, just as an example, I quote Diceware to create passwords, passphrases and other cryptographic variables, in order to create a password that is a good compromise between the security offered and the simplicity of memorisation. The die will also need an adequate infrastructure component in order to synchronise the events that will happen in the future, so that the services offered can be provided with continuity and reliability, I am referring to data centres, the development of interconnection nodes, Internet Exchange Points and ultra-high-speed optical networks.
The level of complexity proceeding will inevitably increase and the system will in fact become more vulnerable.
The recent stroke of the giant led by Mark Zuckerberg was explained by experts, using the imagination, as the result of an action by a gang of criminals who at every intersection (or node) eliminated signs and indications allowed to guide users and getting them to their favourite social network or to use their favourite instant messaging system.
Another example is what happened between the end of July and the beginning of August at the EDC of the Lazio Region that was hit by ransomware that put the Covid-19 vaccine booking system out of use.
We are therefore witnessing the emergence of events with considerable impacts and in continuous and powerful growth that have rekindled discussions about the safety of critical infrastructures.
From a study published in the Clusit 2021 Report, it appears that in 2020 cyber attacks globally increased by 12% compared to the previous year and that successful attacks had a high or critical impact on 56% of the organisations affected.
From the research “The State of Ransomware 2021” by Sophos, it would appear that globally in 2020, 51% of companies were affected by ransomware and those who decided to pay ransom demands to criminals to prevent them from blocking corporate systems and spreading confidential information was 32%.
In Italy, figures showed 31% of companies were hit by a ransomware attack in the last 12 months and 14% of those companies paying a ransom to recover data. Finally, in a recent report by Trend Micro Research, the countries with the highest cyber risk are, in order: the United States, Japan, Italy, India and Australia.
Italy, therefore, is among the most affected countries in the world and a target for criminal groups and organisations.
A solution has already arrived: the National Cybersecurity Agency will exercise the functions of the National Authority in the field of cybersecurity to protect national interests and the resilience of the essential services and functions of Italy.
In addition, the Recovery and Resilience Plan hopefully provides an unrepeatable opportunity for our country to relaunch aiming to digitise the complex machine of the Public Administration as well as invest in the country’s critical infrastructure.
MIX Salotto 2021 provides an opportunity to discuss the future together with political and government institutions and industry, enabling us to make our contribution in this important digital transformation process.
We can’t go wrong, “The die is cast”.
(Alea iacta est)
Executive President & Chairman
29 November 2021
08 am - 08:45 am
Start your engine! Workout together online and challenge your colleagues
Onsite registrations and opening of the virtual exhibition
Welcome to MIX Salotto 2021! It is time to visit the virtual exhibition and meet the other participants
09:00 am - 11:00 am
One-to-one Meetings - Morning session
Meet other attendees in person or via the Swapcard platform
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Official opening of the Salotto and Panel discussion
- Alessandro Talotta, Executive President and Chairman MIX, welcomes all the delegates
- Gerard Pogorel, Professor of Economics & Management-Emeritus, ENST – Telecom ParisTech. Keynote speech “European Strategic Digital Autonomy, challenges and opportunities”
- Enrico Pagliarini – Radio24 / Il Sole 24 Ore
- Anna Ascani – Undersecretary Ministry of Economic Development
- Vincenza Bruno Bossio – Deputy PD, Transports and TLC Commission
- Massimiliano Capitanio – Deputy Lega
- Luca Carabetta – Deputy M5S, Production Activities Commission
- Nunzia Ciardi – Deputy Director of the National Cybersecurity Agency
- Daniele Leodori – Vice President of the Lazio Region
- Giorgio Mulè – Undersecretary Ministry of Defense
- Adolfo Urso – President COPASIR
- Franco Bassanini – President Open Fiber
- Massimo Palermo – Country Manager Italy & Malta Fortinet
- Marco Pennarola – Head of Marketing Fastweb
- Nicolò Peri – CEO Fiber Telecom
- Federico Protto – CEO Retelit
- Mirko Voltolini – VP Innovation Colt
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
It is time to visit the virtual exhibition and chat with the other participants
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
One-to-one Meetings - Afternoon session
Meet the other participants in person or via the Swapcard platform
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Technical session: "Routing and Network Security”
- Simone Dore – CEO Nexim Italia
- Alfredo Giordano – CEO e CTO Warian
- Antonio Prado – CTO SBTAP
- Luca Sani – Senior R&D Software Engineer Catchpoint
- Tiziano Tofoni – CEO Reiss Romoli
- Kotikalapudi Sriram – Senior Engineer US NIST
3:50 pm - 4:35 pm
Technical session: "National Cloud”
- Alessandro De Losa – Amministratore Delegato Babylon Cloud
- Roberto Bondavalli – CTO Cloudfire
- Alberto Szakvary – Senior sales Engineer Equinix
- Marco Aldinucci – Full professor Computer Science Department University of Turin
- Jimmy Mc Arthur – OpenInfra Foundation
- Fabio Monzini – Major Account Executive Akamai
14:35 pm - 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Technical session: "Live Content Delivery”
- Marco d’Itri – Network Manager Seeweb
- Luca Guidastri – Senior Systems Consultant
- Mario Mella – Senior ICT Consultant
- Vittorio Trecordi – Milan Polytechnic, ICT Consulting
- Davide De Palo – Senior Manager of Network Engineering Fastweb
- Domenico Jannelli – Director Senior Network Infrastructure Akamai
- Alberto Maria Langellotti – Senior Engineering Director TIM
- Gaurab Raj Upadhaya – Head of Global Video Delivery Amazon Prime Video
- Giovanni Zorzoni – President AIIP
5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Vote your favourite session and award ceremony of the best participants
Vote for the session you liked the most and elect the winning organizing program committee! But it does not end there: among all the participants of the Salotto, the most active will be awarded. Participate in the different moments of the day and interact with the other participants.
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Show Cooking - "Risotto alla milanese" (Saffron risotto) by Chicco & Bobo Cerea, Executive Chefs Da Vittorio, 3* Michelin Restaurant
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Happy time and Live music
Executive President and Chairman MIX
Professor of Economics & Management-Emeritus, ENST – Telecom ParisTech
Undersecretary Ministry of Economic Development
Vincenza Bruno Bossio
Deputy PD, Transports and TLC Commission
Deputy M5S, Production Activities Commission
Deputy Director of the National Cybersecurity Agency
Vice President of the Lazio Region
Undersecretary Ministry of Defense
President Open Fiber
Country Manager Italy & Malta Fortinet
Head of Marketing Fastweb
CEO Fiber Telecom
Vice President Innovation Colt
Program Committee: "Routing and Network Security”
CEO Nexim Italia
CEO e CTO Warian
Service Development Manager MIX
Speakers: "Routing and Network Security”
Senior R&D Software Engineer Catchpoint
Senior Engineer US NIST
CEO Reiss Romoli
Program Committee: "National Cloud"
CTO & Founder Cloudfire
Alessandro De Losa
CEO Babylon Cloud
Senior Sales Engineer Equinix
Speakers: "National Cloud"
Professore Ordinario Università di Torino – Direttore Lab. Naz. CINI HPC-KTT
Senior Manager Community & Business Development Open Infrastructure Foundation
Major Account Executive Akamai
Program Committee: "Live Content Delivery"
Network Manager Seeweb
Senior Systems Consultant
Senior ICT Consultant
Mauro Roberto Magrassi
Speakers: "Live Content Delivery"
Davide De Palo
Senior Manager of Network Engineering Fastweb
Director Senior Network Infrastructure Akamai
Alberto Maria Langellotti
Engineering Director TIM
Head of Global Video Delivery Amazon Prime Video
Politecnico di Milano – ICT Consulting
Chicco e Bobo Cerea
Executive Chef Ristorante “Da Vittorio”, 3* Michelin