Administrative Powers and Technology: The Italian Perspectives
The panellists (all scholars in administrative law) analyse how Public Administration in Italy is changing in response to digitalisation and which issues arise considering recent statutory reforms. First of all, after a brief overview of the main weaknesses of the current system, the reforms and investments envisaged under the national recovery and resilience plan and their status of implementation are analysed, considering some recent cases. Then, the algorithmic administrative decision is focused, considering the consequences on individual (substantive and procedural) rights and interests of the use of algorithms in administrative decisions and how the right of defence before administrative courts may be stressed. Afterwards, starting from the Italian cultural heritage law, some challenges, opportunities and limits are considered on “digital culture“ as a tool to address social inequalities. Finally, the issues and risks of automatization and the use of AI by judges are debated.