Partnerships

The Nexa Center cooperates with international partners for the development of joint interdisciplinary research projects and initiatives. Below is an overview of these partnerships.


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In October 2014, the Nexa Center took the role the coordinator of the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC), a collaborative initiative among academic institutions with a focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet. This collective aims to increase interoperability between participating centers in order to stimulate the creation of new cross-national, cross-disciplinary conversation, debate, teaching, learning, and engagement regarding the most pressing questions around new technologies, social change, and related policy and regulatory developments. The NoC was launched by a group of academic centers -amongst which the Nexa Center- in December 2012 in recognition of the lack of internationally coordinated research and engagement activities in issues concerning the Internet and related technologies, ogether with seven international co-hosts, within an international Symposium on Internet-Driven Developments: Structural Changes and Tipping Points (SCTP), hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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In April 2011, after many years of collaboration, the Nexa Center signed a partnership agreement with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. As part of the Nexa-Berkman collaboration, prof. Juan Carlos De Martin spent several months at Harvard as Berkman Center faculty fellow. Also prof. Alessandro Mantelero, faculty fellow at the Nexa Center, spent a month at the Berkman Center. In June 2010, the Nexa Center welcomed its first exchange student: Yael Resnick, a student from the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, who performed a research about the ACTA negotiations. In 2013, Maria Serena Ciaburri, one of the best students of the 2012 edition of the Rivoluzione Digitale course at the Politecnico di Torino, spent 10 weeks at the Berkman Center at Harvard University as a Summer Intern. The executive director of Berkman Center, prof. Urs Gasser, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Nexa Center. "The Berkman Center has been successfully collaborating with our friends in Torino ever since May 2005, when we jointly organized the Torino Harvard Internet Law Program”, says Professor Urs Gasser. “Another milestone was undoubtedly the 2010 "University and Cyberspace" international conference. The agreement comes at a moment when there is a clear need to strengthen the ties among Internet & Society centers worldwide, to better address the global challenges and opportunities regarding the Internet and its evolution."

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In March 2013 the Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomed new participant the Nexa Center for Internet & Society. GNI is a non-governmental organization with the dual goals of preventing Internet censorship by authoritarian governments and protecting the Internet privacy rights of individuals. “We’re pleased to welcome GNI’s first participant from Italy", says GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan. “The Nexa Center is a critical source of interdisciplinary research, informed by expertise in technology, law, and economics, on Internet policy from a European perspective". Colin Maclay, GNI Board Member and Managing Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University said: "Since its founding, the Nexa Center's leadership by example—within Italy and across Europe—has proven the power of thoughtfully blending rigorous interdisciplinary research with sustained public engagement. Their collaborative approach to taking on many of the most pressing policy issues of our time is especially timely given GNI's increasing engagement with European companies, and I am simply thrilled to have them aboard.”

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In April 2012 the Nexa Center announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Internet & Society Lab at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan). The agreement provides for the development of joint research projects, seminars, conferences, courses as well as the exchange of researchers between the two research centers. The signing was preceded by the appointment in June 2011 of prof. Juan Carlos De Martin, co-founder and co-director of the Nexa Center, as Keio Senior Visiting Researcher. Furthermore, in early December 2011 prof. De Martin visited Keio University, giving a lecture to Japanese students and meeting with prof. Jun Murai, director of Internet & Society Lab, as well as Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio. “The Internet has become a global phenomenon at an unprecedented speed, affecting societies worldwide”, says Professor Jun Murai. “It is now time that the Internet & Society research groups in different parts of the world start strengthening their ties, to create not only a pool of shared research results, but, more importantly, of mutual understanding among researchers living in different political, cultural and economic contexts. This agreement with the Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino is a much welcome step in that direction.”