The Nexa Center for Internet & Society announces 2017-2018 community


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Turin, 26 June 2017. The Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino (DAUIN) today announces the Nexa community for the 2017-2018 academic year.

This year a new Faculty Fellow, Antonio Casilli, associate professor at the Paris Institute of Technology and research fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) will join the Nexa Community, as well as three new Fellows: Lorenzo Canova, who studied Management Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Fabio Nascimbeni, Assistant Professor at the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja and Guido Noto La Diega, tenured lecturer in law at the Northumbria University. They all have already collaborated with the Nexa Center on several topics including digital labour, open data, privacy and reuse of user data.

Prof. De Martin, co-director of the Nexa Center, expresses enthusiasm for the new members of the community, affirming that: "Lorenzo worked at Nexa for years, therefore he is definitely not a new member, his role at Nexa is simply changing and we are glad we are still able to count on him. Antonio Casilli, Fabio Nascimbeni e Guido Noto La Diega are persons with whom we have interacted frequently during the last few years and it is therefore a great pleasure to recognize also formally their participation in the Nexa community".

Professor Casilli states that: "The current Digital environment is characterized by the hegemony of big platforms that extract value from online behaviors and from personal data of billions of individuals. Users are reduced to the role of a more or less free 'digital labour' supplier. This invisible work of humans measures algorithms and provides the foundation for vast artificial intelligence programs. But it also constitutes the core of a conscience that announces new social conflicts".

The New Fellows

Antonio CasilliAntonio Casilli - Faculty Fellow
Antonio Casilli is associate professor at the Paris Institute of Technology (ParisTech) and research fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS). His research foci are digital technologies and human rights: privacy, free speech, health, and workers' rights. He is the co-founder of the European Network on Digital Labour (ENDL). Among his most recent books: The 'Pro-Ana' Phenomemon [Le phénomène 'pro-ana'], Presses des Mines, 2016; What is digital labor? [Qu'est-ce que le digital labor?], INA Editions, 2015; Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy, Springer, 2014; Digital Relationships [Les liaisons numériques], Editions du Seuil, 2010. His work is regularly featured in international media (Le Monde, BBC, Repubblica, CNN, La Vanguardia, Hankyoreh Shinmun, Kathimerini).

Lorenzo CanovaLorenzo Canova - Fellow
Lorenzo Canova has been research fellow at the Nexa Center for Internet & Society since 2014 and until the end of 2016 he was also Nexa Center's Managing Director. He is specialized in Open Governement Data (with a strong interest in linked data), government transparency and collaborative platforms. At the Nexa Center he managed the European projects RRI-ICT Forum and Share PSI 2.0 and served as project manager for the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Center (, a worldwide network including more than 60 research centers on Internet & Society.He is currently teaching assistant of the Rivoluzione Digitale (Digital Revolution) course held by prof. De Martin at Politecnico di Torino. Lorenzo studied Management Engineering at Politecnico di Torino from which he received the B.Sc. degree (in 2011) and the M.Sc. degree (in 2014).

Fabio NascimbeniFabio Nascimbeni - Fellow
Fabio Nascimbeni is an economist with a PhD on Information and Knowledge Society, works as Assistant Professor in the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR) in Spain, is a fellow at the Centro de Estudos sobre Tecnologia e Sociedade of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN). He has been active in the field of learning innovation and ICT for learning since 1998, by designing and coordinating more than 40 research and innovation projects and promoting European and international collaboration in different areas, from school education to higher education, to lifelong learning, to ICT research. He has been working across Europe as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Mediterranean and South-East Asia. His main research interests are open education, learning innovation, digital literacy, social and digital inclusion, social networking.

Guido Noto La DiegaGuido Noto La Diega - Fellow
Guido Noto La Diega is a Sicilian academic and practitioner who has been working on law & innovation over the last 8 years in Italy, the UK, Switzerland and Germany. He is tenured lecturer in law at the Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne), where he teaches Intellectual Property and is an active member of many research clusters, including the Information Rights Research Interest Group. Currently, he is principal investigator of three projects focusing, respectively, on fashion law, Brexit, and international sexuality law. President of 'Ital-IoT', Centre of Multidisciplinary Research on the Internet of Things, alongside the IoT, he has a keen interest in artificial intelligence, digital platforms, cloud computing, robots, drones, behavioural advertising, the so-called sharing economy, and ethics by design. Author of several publications mainly in the fields of data protection, intellectual property, and consumer protection on the Internet.

Honoring the ethos of "networking" which is central to an Internet & Society center such as Nexa, the Nexa community is also complemented by four Faculty Associates from, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Italy, who will actively collaborate with the Nexa Center community through an array of channels.

These relationships, as well as the countless engagements with alumni, partners, students, interns, and other colleagues, are fundamental to the Nexa Center’s work and identity, and serve to increase the capacity of the field.

The Nexa Center remains proud of and grateful to the following returning community members who will retain affiliations at the Nexa Center in the coming year.

Returning as Faculty Fellows

Alessandro Cogo, Enrico Donaggio, Massimo Durante, Alessandro Mantelero, Ugo Pagallo, Marco Torchiano, Daniele Trinchero.

Returning as Fellows

Davide Allavena, Mauro Alovisio, Giovanni Arata, Claudio Artusio, Eleonora Bassi, Simone Basso, Lorenzo Benussi, Enrico Bertacchini, Carlo Blengino, Nicola Bottero, Fabio Chiusi, Marco Ciurcina, Deborah De Angelis, Giulio De Petra, Arturo Filastò, Giovanni B. Gallus, Raimondo Iemma, Antonio Langiu, Stefano Leucci, Alessio Melandri, Federico Morando, Elena Pavan, Monica A. Senor, Massimo Travostino, Giuseppe Vaciago.

Returning as Faculty Associates

Andrea Cairola, Giancarlo Frosio, Thomas Margoni, Giorgio Ventre.

The Nexa Community is also formed by the Nexa Board of Trustees. To further emphasize the growing role of need for a multidisciplinary study on the "Internet & Society" topic, we note with pleasure the participation as lecturers of several Trustees at the excellence course of the Doctoral School of Politecnico di Torino organized by Nexa Center for Internet & Society: Topics in Internet & Society Interdisciplinary Studies.