The Nexa Center for Internet & Society announces three new members of the Board of Trustees

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Turin, 16th May 2019. Today the Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino (DAUIN) announces three new prestigious members of its Board of Trustees, the committee that evaluates the activities, gives advice and monitors the independence and reputation of the Center.

The new Nexa Trustee are Francesca Bria, expert in digital strategies, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona, coordinator of the Decode European Project; Sandra Cortesi, fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she leads the Youth and Media project and supervises the collaboration between the Berkman Klein Center and UNICEF; Ugo Pagallo, full professor of Philosophy of Law at the Department of Law, University of Turin, internationally acknowledged expert, Nexa collaborator since its foundation, author of several essays, ranging from the Network theory to Artificial Intelligence, from the general legal theory to the ethics of information.

The new trustees will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge”, states Professor Juan Carlos De Martin, co-director of the Nexa Center together with Marco Ricolfi, Professor at the University of Turin. “We count on them to further improve the quality of our work in an increasingly crucial sector for the economic and cultural development of our society”.

The new Trustees

Francesca BriaFrancesca Bria
Francesca Bria, Senior Researcher and Advisor on information and technology policies, is currently Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the Innovation Agency of the United Kingdom, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on direct democracy and digital currencies. She has taught in several universities in the UK and in Italy and she has been counselor for governments, public and private organization on topics such as technology and innovation policies. In 2018 Francesca Bria has been included in the Top 50 Women in Tech from the magazine “Forbes”. According to “Apolitical” she is among the 20 most influent people on the digital government world wide .

Sandra CortesiSandra Cortesi
Within the Youth and Media project she is leading at Harvard (Berkman Klein Center), Sandra Cortesi works closely with talented young people and lead researchers, looking into innovative ways to approach youth challenges in the digital world. Together with Berkman Klein Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser and the Youth and Media team, she focuses on topics such as inequitable access, information quality, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation.

Ugo PagalloUgo Pagallo
Ugo Pagallo is a former lawyer and current professor of Jurisprudence at the Department of Law, University of Turin (Italy), member of the Expert Group set up by the EU Commission on liability and new technologies formation, he is also working with the European Institute for Science, Media, and Democracy (Atomium), in order to set up AI4People, the first global forum in Europe on the Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence. He recently published Leibniz: Una breve biografia intellettuale (Kluwer 2016); the Japanese edition of his book, The Laws of Robots, is available since Spring 2018.

About Nexa Center for Internet & Society

The Nexa Center for Internet & Society of Politecnico of Turin (Department of Control and Computer Engineering) is an independent research center, focusing on quantitative and interdisciplinary analysis of the force of the Internet and of its impact on society. Further information at:

The Board of Trustees of Nexa Center evaluates the Centre's activities, gives advice and monitors the independence and authority of Nexa. The Trustees of the Nexa Center – among which prof. Charles Nesson, co-founder and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and other renown scholars and thinkers, – meet in Torino at least once a year to hear about the activities of the previous twelve months and to give the Nexa staff the benefit of their judgment regarding both past activities and the priorities for the following year.

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