IBM is the Main Partner of State of the Net 2018 (Trieste, June 14-15)

Today we are proud to announce that IBM will be the main partner of the 2018 edition of State of the Net, the international conference which tries to capture the state of art of the internet. State of the Net 2018 will take place in Trieste (Italy), on June 14th and 15th, and this year will mark the conference’s 10th anniversary.

State of the Net has always been investigating the impacts of the Internet on our society, and “Consequences” is the main theme of the 2018 edition: what are the consequences of our development choices, of knowledge distribution, the launch of a global social network?

On June 14th, State of the Net will paint a picture of today’s interactions between the digital world and public administration in Italy. It will do it thanks to the leading industry stakeholders, focusing on cloud services, artificial intelligence and augmented intelligence, blockchain, new expertise and jobs. The following day, June 15th, the conference will shift its focus on the digital-era challenges: what are the consequences for our society of a social networking platform that reaches 2 billion people? How will we sustain growth within a digitalized world? How should we handle an infrastructure that becomes every day more articulated and expensive?

«On the national scale, we want to continue the fundamental dialogue about digital innovation in the public administration and facilitate a debate about the future of procurement innovation and public-private collaboration in the context of the digital transformation of Italy», said Simone Puksic, chairman of the board of Insiel, who co-organised the event.

«We are happy to announce the partnership with IBM. It confirms State of the Net’s commitment to researching quality subjects for a conference that puts on the spotlight an in-depth comprehension of contemporary issues and the dissemination of a digital culture», said State of the Net’s founders Beniamino Pagliaro, Paolo Valdemarin and Sergio Maistrello.

State of the Net 2018 is a free conference, but registration is required. The conference is organised by Associazione culturale State of the Net, and co-organised by Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia and Insiel.

Consequences London, #sotn18 special preview on May 25th

Come and join us in London on Friday the 25th of May for a very special State of the Net preview event with panellists including author and business strategist Euan Semple.

Produced in cooperation with T/F/D and Activate Capital, the London preview will focus on the why and how of tools and methodologies that could help in dealing with complexity while running a business. From global markets to countless communication channels, from increased competition to high levels of specialisation and even volatile political environments, trying to understand the consequences of every action has become almost impossible.

Practices like design thinking, agile solutions, command and control, employee engagement may help. However, approaching and introducing these tools is not an easy task. The biggest challenges are invariably linked with culture and behaviour and too often we find technology spend is not backed up by enough time spent on the why and how of change. The panel will discuss what we should and shouldn’t expect from these tools, as well as the best ways to help businesses make the right decisions.

Register now (it’s free)

SotN16, the numbers from Pew Research and SWG

Here are the slides from the Numbers segment of State of the Net 2016, provided by Pew Research Institute and SWG – presented during the conference in Trieste.



The State of the Net in numbers – SotN + Pew Research Institute



Integration between Surveys and Big Data Analysis on Public Opinion – Giulio Vidotto Fonda, SWG

Live streaming SotN16 on Facebook

We are streaming the event live on our Facebook page.


The exciting lineup for State of the Net 2016

We are looking forward to welcoming you to State of the Net 2016 on Friday and Saturday at the Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste. Here is some useful information about the conference program and the location.

Schedule and speakers list are now complete: please check back the timetable in the next days, since there could still be some minor changes.

On Friday at 3pm we will host a special preview of the conference with the participation of local institutions: the president of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia Debora Serracchiani and the president of Insiel Simone Puksic will be among the speakers. This part of the conference will be held in italian.

At 6:30pm we will introduce the international program of the conference with a keynote from Luca De Biasedriving us into this year’s theme (Facts.).

Saturday‘s program will begin at 9:30am. It’ll be an exciting day filled with keynotes and conversationsPlease note that English will be the working language. The morning session will continue until 1pm, while the afternoon session will go on from 3pmto 5:30pm. You will be able to enjoy complimentary Illy coffee during conference breaks.

Registration on both days will begin 1 hour before the event: your personalized badge is waiting for you at our reception desk (don’t worry: you can register on site if you decide to come at the last minute).

How to get there: Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace is placed on the seafront of Riva Mandracchio, in the historic city center of Trieste, only a few steps next to the magnificent Piazza Unità.

  • If you come by plane, Trieste airport is about 40 km far from the city center, but you’ll find public transportations or taxis to get in town.
  • If you come by train, it’s just a 15 minutes walk from Trieste Centrale station (or you could take bus number 8 or 10, stopping right in front of the hotel).
  • If you come by car, you’d better leave your car at SilosMolo 4 or San Giusto parks (please note that on Saturday all street level parking lots in the area will be forbidden for cruise embarkment).

Remember to use #sotn16 hashtag on your social channels. Keynotes and sessions will be also streamed live on our Facebook page.

State of the Net 2016 is a free event, thanks to the support of our partners: the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (coorganizer), InsielPromoTurismoFvgAssicurazioni GeneraliUniCreditAutovie VeneteFondazione CRTriesteilly and Trieste Port AuthorityNewsweek and Il Piccolo are the media partner.

See you in Trieste!

Glaser, Quattrociocchi, Semple to speak at #SotN16 in Trieste

It’s only two weeks before State of the Net 2016, time to plan your trip to Trieste on the 28th and 29thof October. We recommend you register today to make sure to find your personalised badge waiting for you at the conference (you don’t want to miss it, it’s a collectible! ;)

We have a brand new location: State of the Net 2016 will be held in the beautiful Tergeste space at Savoia Excelsior Palace, on the seafront of Riva Mandracchio in the historic city center. The Gulf of Trieste will be even more fascinating.

Today we’re also glad to introduce some of the outstanding speakers that will light up our panels and keynotes. Many others will come shortly.

  • Eliane Glaser is a writer, a BBC radio producer, a contributor for The Guardian and the New Statesman, an academic researcher at University of London and Bath Spa University. Her latest book Get Real was about how political and financial elites legitimise themselves by co-opting authenticity, people-power, and progressive ideals. Eliane is now writing a new book about the apparent death of politics, and how it can be revived.
  • Walter Quattrociocchi is coordinator of the CSSLab at the School for Advanced Studies in Lucca. His research is focused on the information diffusion in online social network platforms and their relation with the opinion evolution.
  • Euan Semple is the acclaimed author of Organisations don’t tweet, People do. Long time friend of State of the Net, senior consultant for major organisations around the world, at SotN16 Euan will focus on how we tend to stretch our personal truth through our online social filters.
As soon as possibile we will share a complete schedule of the conference on our website. We will start on Friday, October the 28th at 3pmhosting preview with the participation of local institutions of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The international program of State of the Net 2016 will begin at 6pmwith a special overture around this year’s theme. OSaturday the 29th we will have the main event., from 9:30am till 6pm.State of the Net 2016 is a free event, thanks to the support of our great partners: the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (co-organizer), InsielPromoTurismoFvgAssicurazioni GeneraliUniCreditAutovie VeneteFondazione CRTriesteillyTrieste Port Authority and Newsweek as media partner.

Please register now to State of the Net 2016, spread the word with your friends and collegues and remember to use the hashtag #sotn16!

State of the Net 2016 to be held in Trieste on October 28th-29th

Today we’re glad to announce that State of the Net 2016 will be held in Trieste (Italy) on the 28th and 29th of October. You can register and book your seat today.

We are happy to be back in Trieste and in Friuli Venezia Giulia, after the 2015 conference in Milan!

On Friday, October the 28th we will host a preview with the participation of local institutions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, while on Saturday the 29th we will have the international main event. We will update you about the program, the speakers and all the other details in the next few days.

Facts.” will be the main theme of State of the Net 2016.

While the open internet allows for the best fact checking ever available, many are trapped in echo chambers where lies keep bouncing around until they sound like truth and resonate with their beliefs. The press is under pressure and sometimes willing to trade quality and analysis for attention. All this is affecting how we decide, vote, participate in public life.

And while people struggle with facts, machines are becoming very good at processing reality and finding new meanings: from storing “truth” in the blockchain to develop artificial intelligence able to interpret and predict our world and drive around town.

State of the Net 2016 will still be a free event, thanks to the support of our great partners: the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (co-organizer), Insiel, PromoTurismoFvg, Autovie Venete, Fondazione CRTrieste, Trieste Port Authority and many others that we’ll be announcing soon.

Please register now to State of the Net 2016 and remember to use the hashtag #sotn16!

All that #sotn15

State of the Net 2015 was a terrific experience. Beautiful location, passionate participants, excellent speakers. Overall it was probably one of the best SotN event ever. You can still live it again from the beginning, if you want: as it was streamed live or session by session, choosing your favourite topic in the SotN15 playlist on YouTube.

If you want more, there are some interviews with the speaker that Alessio Jacona did during the event. Remember that on our YouTube channel you can find every single keynote and session from the 2008 edition till today. It’s a library with more than 100 speakers and more than 100 sessions, a slice of the state of yesterday and of the state of today, all for free.

Don’t miss also the beautiful photos of the event by Daniele Braida on Flickr and people generated pictures on Instagram.

You’ll find some good excerpt from the conference chasing #sotn15 related content on Twitter (we had been trending topic also this year!) and on Facebook.

People loved also the music: here is, as usual, the SotN15’s playlist on Spotify.

Now what? Of course, we’re already working on 2016 event. But we’d love to hear from you before: what did you like the most this year? What you would like to find next at State of the Net? Let us know your ideas, in the comments below or by email.

And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, if you want to be the first to know what’s next.

Waiting for you in Milano at SotN15


We are looking forward to welcoming you all to State of the Net 2015 on Sunday and Monday at the UniCredit Pavilion in Milan. Here is some useful information about the conference program and the location.

Take a look to the schedule and the speakers list, they are now update and complete.

On Sunday at 6pm we will meet our speakers during an open and informal session, previewing the topics of the next day conference. We hope you will be able to join us and be part of the conversation from the very beginning. At 8pm you are invited for a toast at Illy Caffè in piazza Gae Aulenti, right outside the UniCredit Pavilion.

Monday‘s program will begin at 9:30am. It’ll be an exciting day filled with keynotes and conversations. The morning session will continue until 1pm, while the afternoon session will go on from 2:30pm to 6pm. You will be able to enjoy complimentary Illy coffee during conference breaks.

Please note that English will be the working language on both days and that we won’t be providing any translation service.

Registration on both days will begin 1 hour before the event: your personalized badge is waiting for you at the reception of the Pavilion (don’t worry: you can register on site if you decide to come at the last minute).

How to get there: UniCredit Pavilion is very close to Porta Garibaldi train station and subway stations Garibaldi (on the M2 line) and Isola (M5). If you use public transport, you can plan your route usingGiroMilano. If you come by car, Parkopedia may help you in finding a garage or a parking lot.

Remember to use #sotn15 hashtag on your social channels. Keynotes and sessions will be also streamed live on the conference website and on our YouTube channel.

Few days to go, last chances to register

We’re almost there! We can’t wait to meet all you at State of the Net 2015 in Milan.

This is your last opportunity to register at the conference and receive your personalized badge (don’t laugh: did you know that there’s people collecting them?). Advance registration will close on September 27th at midnight. So, if you haven’t already register now!

Once more at SotN we are right on topic! Just look at the news: everybody is talking about algorithms. For example Volkswagen’s little naughty piece of code that reduces emissions while a car is undergoing official tests.

We’re constantly updating the speakers list and the schedule, and more speakers will be added in the coming days). Here’s some of the speakers who will join us in Milano this year:

  • Postshift’s founder Lee Bryant will speak about organisations in the age of algorithms.
  • Il Sole 24 Ore’s journalist Vittorio Carlini will reveal the secrets of algo-finance.
  • Innovation journalist Luca De Biase will trace the history of the symbiosis between humans and algorithms.
  • Euan Semple, consultant for major organisations, will host a discussion on the future of work: are machines really making workers obsolete?

Keep spreading the news on social media! Always use the #sotn15.