The role of transparency and accountability online

The role of transparency and accountability online
October 2011 - January 2012
Internal funding
Person(s) in charge: 

Nexa Faculty Associate Andrea Cairola

Executive summary: 

The Nexa Center, in cooperation with the audiovisual festival Eurovisioni, contributed to a specific section of the “Global Information Society Watch 2012” entitled “Popular Resistance to Corruption in Italy”.


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network of civil society organizations and activists of freedom of expression and human rights. APC's vision is “All people have easy and affordable access to a free and open Internet to improve their lives and create a more just world.” In 2007, APC published the first edition of the yearly report Global Information Society Watch. In 2011 Andrea Cairola, Arturo Di Corinto and Giacomo Mazzone, with the support of the Nexa Center, also contributed to the report "Global Information Society Wach, 2011" with an article on the freedom of expression on the Internet entitled Blocking Italy's "Gag Law ".


The authors of the Italian section of the APC report want to highlight some relevant trends concerning the state of corruption in Italy and the analysis of the Internet as a potential tool to fight it. In particular, they focus on the birth of the Five Star Movement (“Movimento 5 stelle”), supported by the most popular and influential Italian blogger, Beppe Grillo.


The actual output of this work was, of course, the chapter in the Global Information Society Watch 2012 available at: However, it is also worth mentioning that several discussion on the “Movimento 5 stelle” have been addressed in the Nexa mailing list, and during the 2013 edition of “Biennale Democrazia”.

Related Publications:
Andrea Cairola, with support from Juan Carlos De Martin, Giacomo Mazzone and Arturo Di Corinto
10 December 2012
Global Information Society Watch 2012
Andrea Cairola, Arturo Di Corinto and Giacomo Mazzone
10 December 2011
Global Information Society Watch 2011