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The closing ceremony of ESOF2020 — EuroScience Open Forum featured the first Italian public demonstration of encrypted communication using Italian-made optical-fibre quantum technology. The presentation was carried out by the “Quantum Communications” group of the National Research Council (CNR) of Florence, Italy, thanks to the “Quantum FVG” Project, financed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and coordinated by the University of Trieste, in the person of Professor Angelo Bassi. This communication consisted of an encrypted video call between Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who was on-location at ESOF at Trieste’s Old Port, and the Rector of the University of Trieste Roberto Di Lenarda.

This communication highlights both the impact of quantum technology on security in communication and Italy’s contribution to the development of this new technology in Europe. 

Watch the video of the demonstration (from minute 1:24:00) at