Bring the kids to SotN14, we’ll take care of them!

laby-210Come to SotN14 with the kids, we’ll take care of them. Thanks to Laby coworking&life, State of the Net offers a free child care service during both conference days on friday June 13th and saturday June 14th. Don’t miss the opportunity to share a weekend in Trieste with your family.

Who: children from 3 to 10 years old (max 20 kids at a time)

When: June 13th and 14th, during the conference (max 4 hours in a row, please note that no meals or snacks will be given)

Where: in a guarded and dedicated space next to the plenary room at Molo 4

What: entertainment and games with professional educators (special contents: Internet with Dina, tricks and games to learn safe Internet use; Memomu, interactive music game)

Cost: the cokids service is free, offered to you by Laby coworking&life and State of the Net

Registration: to be sure to benefit from the cokids service, please consider to book in advance.

If you need more specific information, don’t hesitate to ask Chiara Gily (

Announcing new speakers at #SotN14

Are you ready for State of the Net 2014? We are looking forward to seeing you in Trieste on June 13-14. Here’s a few updates about the program and our speakers.

Smart. As you know, the main theme of this year’s conference will be Smart Life. If you’re still wondering what smart really means, than you can’t miss Luca De Biase‘s speech dealing with the opportunity to leverage the abundance of the digital world to challenge the scarcity of the analog one.

Open for real. Our keynote speaker Dave Winer will address the conference the need for an open and thriving internet world, overcoming the hegemony of the tech companies. Together with Euan Semple and other “protobloggers”, Dave will also lead a conversation about why blogging still matters in 2014.

Big data and privacy. Anne Wright will join us in Trieste too. Anne is an brilliant engineer (she worked on the prototype Mars Rover at NASA!). Today, as a researcher for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Anne has become one of the world’s top specialist on health empowerment through open source technology development and the aggregation of self tracking data. Roger Taylor , former correspondent for the Financial Times, is now an advisor for healthcare organizations, will also speak about the benefits of information for the individual. Anne and Roger will then join Adriana Lukas and Elvira Berlingieri for a conversation about the smart trade offs between personal data, aggregated data and privacy.

Learning smarter. Knowledge is a perfect example of human abilities redefined by digital tools. Liddy Nevile, professor at La Trobe University in Melburne, will share her experience about the use of computers and programming skills in education since the 1970s. Cefriel’s Ceo Alfonso Fuggetta will enrich the analysis with stories from smart learning occurrence in the business context. Gigi Tagliapietra will then run a panel further discussing knowledge and learning in the enterprise world.

Reshaping industries. The editor-in-chief of Wired Italia Massimo Russo will host a conversation about industries that are reshaping their business through smart innovation. Maurizio Costabeber, the entrapreneur who brought precision 3D printing in the jewelery and digital dentistry industries, and Andrea Raimondi, a reasearcher at the University of Nottingham who is hacking through the open data the way Venice deals with high tides, will also be part of the panel.

Open politics. Anna Masera, new head of the press office of the Camera dei Deputati, the Lower House of the Italian Parliament, will be our star in a fireside chat with the SotN gang about the innovations she’s putting through in her office, opening to the engagement of citizens and civic hacker through social media and open data.

Numbers. We will open the conference with our traditional section numbers. Journalist and author Carola Frediani will lead us under the surface of the biggest and most unknown part of the Net, the Dark Web.

Managing uncertainty. This year State of the Net will host a special prologue on thursday June 12th, ICT4inclusion. This is a brokerage event set up by Area Science Park, which will bring in Trieste dozens of entrepreneurs, specialists and researchers within the ICT world. Dave Snowden will be back in Trieste and will keynote this event, addressing the audience on managing under conditions of uncertainty, learning lessons from the natural sciences.

And counting… Stay tuned for updates, we still have a lot of speakers, topics and news to introduce to you in the very next few days. Register now, if you haven’t already: it’s free. And once you’ve registered, let it know to your friends on Twitter and Facebook: use the hashtag #sotn14.

Dave Winer at State of the Net 2014 (registration is now open)

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Dave Winer, the father of modern-day content distribution, will be speaking at State of the Net 2014 next June 12-14 in Trieste. American software developer and entrepreneur, Dave is a pioneer of the development of weblogs, Rss syndication, podcasting, outlining, content management systems and web services. Acclaimed by the New York Times as «the protoblogger», he wrote the fist blogging software and in 1997 bootstrapped the blogging revolution with his Scripting News. He founded the software companies Living Videotext, Userland Software and Small Pictures. Prolific writer, former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School and New York University, he is considered one of most influential voices in the web industry in the United States.

Winer is just the first of a long list of SotN’ speakers that we’re looking forward to introducing to you in the next weeks. Come and join us this June at Molo 4, our beautiful location on the city shores of Trieste.

Smart Life

Our main theme this year will be Smart Life. Some think that if there ever was one, the age of abundance is over. We must make the best of what we have, leveraging the abundance of the digital world to challenge the scarcity of the analog one. The Internet is where and how we can win this bet. Our world is changing and evolving in ways we have never experienced before. You can print a replacement part for your washing machine at home with your 3D printer. You can jump in a car anywhere in the city and drop it off wherever you need. You can use an app to learn how to write software, make sourdough bread or meditate. Come and share your experiences at State of the Net.

Register today

And yes:  the – free, but still required – registration to State of the Net 2014 is now open (and we use Eventbrite, this year). Spread the word to your friends and colleagues and plan today your late spring long weekend in Trieste.

It will be the best SotN show you’ve ever seen.

Mafe De Baggis and Massimo Russo join our steering committee

Good news today! We are thrilled to welcome Mafe De Baggis and Massimo Russo in our steering committee. Both are long-time friends and collegues, already part of the big SotN’s community. Now they have accepted our invitation to join the close-knit group of brilliant minds that helps us in setting the main themes of the conference and developing our projects. Euan Semple, Luca De Biase, Gigi Tagliapietra, Adriana Lukas, Marco Massarotto, Antonella Napolitano and Daniele Chieffi are already part of the band.

Mafe De Baggis has been one of the first advisors in Italy for companies and leaders dealing with the Internet. She is the author of Le tribù di Internet, the first italian book about online communities, and World Wide We. She was on stage at SotN 2008, when she opened and moderated the debate about digital marketing and  the new relationship between companies and customers.

Massimo Russo is the editor in chief of Wired Italy, after a long career as digital content director, online journalist and reporter at L’Espresso and La Repubblica. Together with Vittorio Zambardino, Massimo wrote Eretici digitali, a manifesto and a book on journalism in the digital age.

The steering committee will meet in the next few weeks in Trieste. As previously announced, State of the Net 2014 will be held on June 12-14. The main theme  for this year’s conference is smartness: how to be smart, this time for real. Stay tuned for updates!

Announcing State of the Net 2014

We have almost reached the end of the year and we are very happy to give you some updates about State of the Net.

2013 has been a challenging and great year for us. Quite complex, in fact, but after all complexity has been our main theme this year. We are incredibly proud of the success of the conference we held in June in Trieste, with so many friends and such inspiring talks and thoughts. We are also quite happy with the start up of our new workshops activity, with which we bring ideas and inspirations from the conference right inside companies to help them better understanding the web and social media.

But it has also been a sad year: on October 13 we lost a true friend, Marco Zamperini, since the very beginning a member of our steering committee, a prestigious speaker at the conference and a huge supporter of our project. Marco’s legacy will inspire us, will help us to change things, to push forward even harder. Yet we don’t think that we will ever stop missing him.

Today we are happy and proud to announce that State of the Net 2014 will be held again in our beautiful Trieste on June 12-14. As you can see, we added a day to our traditional two-days format: June 12th will offer an intriguing preview, at which we are already working with some new partners. Stay tuned for updates in the next few weeks.

2014 will be the “Smart” Year. We are working on the conference programme: it is still too soon to unveil our ideas, but we can tell you that our current working title is “How to be Smart. For Real”. We all hear too often about smart cities, smart communities, our inseparable smart phones, smart moving, smart politics, smart food. We want to extend this concept to the whole society, while facing the biggest and scariest transformation since industrialization: there must be a different way of thinking, of doing things, more efficient, quicker. The sooner we get this, the better we will be.

As you may have noticed, we have a brand new website now fully in english. While we will always build our projects on our strong italian roots, we do want State of the Net to become a truly international event, we believe that this can be relevant, especially for our country, especially today.

In keeping up with traditions, State of the Net will still be a free admission conference. This means we rely on our partners to bring you the best speakers, a great location, a brilliant organizing team. Registration will open soon. If you are interested in joining State of the Net as a partner, please do contact us and become part of the best event on the internet in Italy.

We wish you a very Smart 2014!

Beniamino Pagliaro, Paolo Valdemarin, Sergio Maistrello

SEA NET, a SotN workshop in Gorizia

magazinBesides its annual conference, State of the Net is organizing Workshops for companies and organizations. Sometimes these meetings are open to the public. This is the case of the workshop we’ll hold wednesday October 23, in Gorizia. It is organized with Social Economy Agency and is dedicated to operators in the cooperative sector.

The program will begin at 10am with a speech by Sergio Maistrello entitled “Internet is simple, but is counterintuitive”. During this presentation we’ll discover how some of the principles of the mass media in fact do not apply to the internet and how, once you understand some basic elements of the dynamics of online communication, it is possible for all citizens to become active in the network.

The second speech, by Paolo Valdemarin, will deal with the issues of innovation and communication within and across organizations, indicating which tools and strategies can be used to improve the efficiency of online communication. It will follow a panel discussion, moderated by Beniamino Pagliaro, that will involved the two speaker and the audience in the hall.

After the lunch break, the program will resume with Michele Vianello, who will explore the issues related to the impact of technology on our cities and on the dimension of citizenship itself. Following, Giorgio Jannis will lead a discussion about the importance of listening, transparency and citizen participation managing public communication online.

The final panel will see Vianello and Jannis dealing with Fabrizio Valencic about the “Happy Village”, in order to draw conclusions and identify concrete actions that will become the main result of the work day.

The meeting will take place at Magazìn-Cooperativa Sociale Arcobaleno, via San Michele 42 in Gorizia. The working language for this workshop will be italian, a simultaneous translation in slovenian will be provided.

A second workshop will follow on wednesday October 30 at 1pm in the same location, covering more pratical matters and hand-on instruction to build a successful presence on the web.

More datails: official brochure (Pdf), Magazìn website

Thank you for all, Funky Professor

Marco Zamperini (1963-2013)

Tutti i video di #sotn13

State of the Net 2013 è stata una grande avventura! Abbiamo parlato di rete, di complessità, di dati personali, di organizzazioni complicate, della società che si sta riorganizzando e della democrazia che sta cercando nuove piattaforme per evolvere. Ora puoi rivivere la conferenza minuto per minuto e far conoscere anche ai tuoi amici i tuoi interventi preferiti: tutti i video sono disponibili sul nostro canale YouTube.

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Se non sai da dove cominciare, potresti lasciarti affascinare dallo straordinario carisma di Doc Searls, dall’invito di Dave Snowden a coevolvere nella complessità, dalla capacità di Vincenzo Cosenza di far parlare i numeri della rete, dall’appello di Luca De Biasea trovare nuove narrazioni di lunga durata, dall’emozionante percorso musicale di Gigi Tagliapietra. O ancora dall’appassionata orazione civile di Carlo Petrini. Consulta la playlist integrale: sono oltre 11 ore di idee, esperienze e conversazioni allo stato dell’arte, a tua disposizione.

E se hai soltanto il tempo per una pillola di State of the Net, non ti preoccupare: abbiamo anche le interviste ai protagonisti e le foto.

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Questa edizione della conferenza sullo stato della rete in Italia si è chiusa con quasi 1.000 iscritti, migliaia di persone connesse attraverso la diretta web garantita da Telecom Italia, oltre 8.000 tweet sull’hashtag #sotn13 e una grande attenzione da parte della rete e della stampa, non soltanto in Italia.

Dobbiamo tutto questo alla generosità dei partner, ai nostri fantastici speaker, alla dedizione di chi ha collaborato con noi. Grazie, soprattutto, a quanti sono venuti a Trieste il 31 maggio e 1° giugno per condividere un’esperienza unica nel suo genere.

E ora, tutti al lavoro per rendere l’edizione 2014 ancora più coinvolgente e interessante!

Una piattaforma per i dati personali

Il movimento Quantified Self propone alcuni modi per misurare se stessi, comprendere i propri comportamenti e potenzialmente cambiarli laddove necessario. «Ciò che è più importante», suggerisce Adriana Lukas, «è che avverti il pieno controllo della tua stessa esistenza». Quello che manca, tuttavia, è una infrastruttura di gestione e analisi delle informazioni personali nel nostro completo controllo.

Una piattaforma per la ricerca accademica

La ricerca è un fatto intrinsecamente sociale: le persone lavorano insieme e pubblicano studi assieme. Tuttavia questo processo è molto lento e poggia su strumenti inadeguati. Servono piattaforme più efficienti e veloci. Jan Reichelt è il fondatore di Mendeley, una piattaforma sociale per ricercatori, che sta cercando di raggiungere questo obiettivo.