Dave Winer

Father of modern-day content distribution, 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.

Software developer and entrepreneur, 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.

Anne Wright

Principal Investigator for the BodyTrack project in the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She co-founded the BodyTrack Project at CMU in 2010 to support developing a movement towards health empowerment for people affected by such diffuse conditions, including open-source technology development, aggregation and visualization of self-tracking data, development of common data formats and APIs, and cultural engineering.

In 1998 she joined the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center where she served as Lead Systems Engineer for Prototype Mars Rovers. While at Ames, Anne became interested in how to harness sensing and data visualization technologies and techniques originally developed for the rovers to help people “debug” diffuse environmentally related conditions such as allergies, food sensitivities, asthma and migraine triggers.

Liddy Nevile

Liddy Nevile is adjunct associate professor at La Trobe University in Melburne, Australia. She became interested in how computers could be used in education in the 1970’s. Since then she has worked on future scenarios for education with programming of computers as a basic skill for all, the first school in the world where every child had a laptop computer, the $100 computer for developing countries, accessibility and cataloguing of the Web, and international standards for the use of technology in education. Her passion is for the use of new technologies to do what can’t be done without them. When not working on such problems, she cares for her animals and plants on a very small farm.

Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.

He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He holds visiting chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. He is a editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an Editor in Chief of E:CO.

Euan Semple

As director of knowledge management for the BBC, he was among the first to adopt tools for social networking in the enterprise. He has then worked with major organisations such as Nokia, the World Bank, and NATO. Today he is a consultant for major organizations around the world, helping them to make better use of new technologies. His book Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do is a milestone for managers who deal with social media within their enterprises.

Euan is member of the State of the Net’ steering committee.

Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor is founder and director of Dr Foster Intelligence that helps healthcare organisations to improve their quality and efficiency through the use of data and information. He is also a National Professional Advisor on Intelligence for the Care Quality Commission, working to develop use of data to inform assessment of quality. Formerly he has been correspondent the Financial Times in London and San Francisco.

Adriana Lukas

Consultant and expert in digital communication, Adriana is organising the London Quantified Self Group and focusing on Vendor Relationship Management. As a researcher, her focus is based on non-hierarchical organisations. In the past, she advised companies in Europe and the US on how to integrate social media into their communications.

Adriana is member of the State of the Net steering committee.

Daniel Landau

Daniel Landau is artist, educator and media researcher. He is leading the Media & Art studies at the Midrasha Faculty of the Arts, Beit Berel Academic college. He completed his second degree in new-media and music-composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands where he lived and worked for more than a decade. Daniel’s work typically uses multi-layered processes of research, documentation and mediamatic exploration – investigating the interchangeable qualities between documentary and fiction. His interest in narrative-mechanisms is essential to his examination of time, identity and social-political realities. His work has been presented in major venues, museums and festivals worldwide among others: Jerusalem, New-York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Mexico City. He is also the co-founder of Information & Mind a research program examining the social and psycho-cognitive effects of hyper-connectivity and information overload.

Luca De Biase

Innovation journalist, Luca is the founder and editor of Nòva project at Il Sole 24 Ore. He is the chairman of Ahref, a foundation which develops research on the quality of information that emerges from the social networks. He is visiting professor of innovation journalism at Università di Padova and member of the scientific committee of the master in science’s communication at Sissa in Trieste. He wrote several book, Media civici and Cambiare pagina are the most recent.
Luca is member of the State of the Net’ steering committee.

Gigi Tagliapietra

Entrepreneur, innovator and musician. He has worked for thirty years as a specialist of computer networks and computer security. Since 2005 he chairs the Clusit, the most authoritative Italian association in the industry. He was part of working groups for Enisa, the european agency for networks and security, and for the Digital Agenda of the italian government. He has been a pioneer of the civic networks. Great lover of music, Gigi plays the cello and works closely with non-profit school of music in the Garda area.
Gigi is member of the State of the Net steering committee.

Alfonso Fuggetta

Afonso Fuggetta is Ceo at Cefriel, the Ict Center of Excellence for Innovation, Research and Education at Politecnico di Milano. Cefriel’s goal is promote and support innovation in companies and public administrations, by exploiting IC as a key element to design and deploy new products, services, processes, solutions. Fuggetta have been a member of several committees of the Italian Government including the Government Committee on Open Source Software in the Public Administration. He have also collaborated with Aipa, Cnipa, Department of Innovation of the Italian Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education and University. He is also regularly collaborating with Regione Lombardia and other local and regional administrations.

Massimo Russo

Massimo is the Editor in chief of Wired Italia, the magazine of innovation, published by Condé Nast Italia. Previously he worked as digital content director and online jourmalist at Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso for 12 years, being in charge of the Visual Desk, the internal agency in charge of all the digital video offer of L’espresso and Repubblica.it, for 4 years. Before I served as a reporter and a senior editor in L’Espresso daily newspapers for 10 years. I wrote a book, Eretici Digitali, on journalism in the digital age.

Massimo is member of the State of the Net’ steering committee.

Anna Masera

Anna Masera is head of the press office of the Chamber of Deputies, the Lower House of the Italian Parliament. Previously she has been deputy editor of the online version of the Italian daily La Stampa. She majored in history at Yale University and obtained a masters in journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Centro Nexa for Internet & Society at the Università di Torino.

Elvira Berlingieri

Elvira Berlingieri is a lawyer and a mediator specialized in social media law, digital freedom, copyright and open content, privacy, e-learning, digital media management and business strategies that involve digital innovation.

She is adjunct professor at the university of Florence, counselor and advisor for several projects on open digital media with Regione Toscana, freelance professional and independent scholar. As a keen advocate of the power of shared knowledge, she believes in the popularization of the issues resulting from the clash of law and digital technologies to raise people’s awareness towards their rights and the values at stake. She regularly lectures on this matter and is the author of several scientific articles and chapters. Her most important books, both in Italian, are Legge 2.0 and Evitare i rischi legali dei social media.

Corrado Giustozzi

Information security expert, since 1986 he has been dealing with cryptography and digital data protection, information security governance in complex organizations, digital forensics and computer crimes, cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare, electronic intelligence and counterintelligence, homeland security and protection of critical infrastructure, digital citizenship, privacy and human rights. He is member of the Permanent Stakeholders’ Group at the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

He is cybersecurity and cybercrime consultant for italian police forces and law-enforcing agencies, official expert of the Criminal Court of Justice of Rome for computer crimes, member of the National Security Observatory at Ce.Mi.S.S. (italian Military Center for Strategic Studies), visiting professor for several italian universities. He is also member of the italian association of science journalists (UGIS), of which he has been founder. You may remember him also as editor-in-chief and columnist at MCMicrocomputer, which between the 1980 and  2000 was at a major italian computer magazine.

Besides cybersecurity, Corrado has strong interests in photography, electronic music, ludolinguistics and mind games.

Luisa Franchina

Luisa Franchina

Luisa Franchina is a consultant in risk management and cyber security. Formerly managing director of the Critical Infrastructure Protection office at the Presidency of the Council of the Ministers, managing director General of the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) team at Civil Defense Department; managing director of the Institute for Communications and Technologies at the Ministry for Communications. Electronic engineer with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a master degree in geopolitics at the Centre for High Defence Studies in Italy, her main professional skills are critical infrastructure protection, security strategies, cyber security, quality of service and negotiation.

Alessio L.R. Pennasilico

Alessio L.R. Pennasilico, a.k.a. mayhem, is a security evangelist for Alba S.T..His personal and working interests are into information technology, focusing on security issues, open source and digital rights. That’s why he soon became a member, often in board of directors, of many independent organizations, such as AIPSI (ISSA Italian chapter), AIP, CLUSIT, Italian Linux Society, OpenBeer, VoIPSA, Metro Olografix, Sikurezza.org, ISAC-IT, Recursiva.org, Thawte, ISECOM’s Hacker’s Profiling Project (HPP), Critical Infrastructures Security Test and Analysis Lab (CrISTAL) and many LUGs. Alessio also holds workshops in secondary schools and Italian universities, with the aim of spreading the culture for an aware use of nowaday’s technology.

Damiano Airoldi

Damiano Airoldi is a valued entrepreneur in the ICT market. He founded Magnetic Media Network in 1989 and in the past 25 years he constantly improved his ability to transform complex technology issues into brilliant and simple solutions both for enterprise and SMB companies. He is often referred to as technology enabler. Proud father of three teenagers, he is also strongly committed to improve technology adoption in Italian schools: he is a member of the Board in Impara Digitale, a renowned organization promoting nationwide innovation in education through research, sharing and teaching.

Davide Passero

Davide Passero is Chief executive officer and General manager of Genertel and Genertellife and Chief marketing officer of Generali Italy. Graduated in Economics at Università Bocconi, he has been in the Generali Group since 2001. Previously he worked in Class Editori Group as General Manager of the television channel CFN/CNBC and Ceo of Radio Classica. In 2000 he was Managing Director of Rainet, parent company for the new media of the RAI Group. From 1996 to 1999 he was Managing Director of Finance & Future Consulting, a company distributing financial services and insurance of the Deutsche Bank Group. He participated in the birth of Omnitel (now Vodafone Italy) as Marketing Director and Managing Director of the channel franchised stores.

Francesca Benati

Francesca Benati is general manager and managing director for Amadeus Italia, the company engaged in the distribution and supply of advanced technologies for the global travel and tourism industry. Francesca’s professional career began in 1988 in Benati Leo Burnett Company and later moved to multinational companies such as Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Lego, Landor Associates with managerial positions within communications and branding and senior leadership in different areas of business. In early 2007 he joined Expedia where he served for more than two years as Marketing Director and later as Country Coordinator for Italy. In 2009 she was appointed Director of Digital and eCommerce in Blue Holding, an Italian network of travel agencies and tourism that operates under the brands Bluvacanze, Living & Travel, Going and Cisalpina Tours. In October 2010 she joined Lastminute.com in the role of managing director for Italy and than also for Spain.

Alessandro Colafranceschi

Alessandro Colafranceschi is Global Head of Online & Mobile Banking of UniCredit Group. He has began his career in Birra Peroni Industriale, where he worked from 1992 to 2000. In 1996 he was appointed Country Manager for the UK, at the head of the subsidiary based in London. In 2000 he has left the field of consumer goods and entered Kataweb, the Gruppo L’Espresso’s Internet company, where he became head of ecommerce and advertising. In 2002 he joined Vivacity, UniCredit Bank’s internet company, as director of sales and marketing. In 2004, Head of Online Banking, he became responsible for the development of e-retail banking and online trading of UniCredit and responsible of the development of websites and online/mobile banking services for Banca di Roma and Banco di Sicilia. Today Alessandro is Senior Vice President with global responsibility for the Online Banking and Mobile industry within the UniCredit Group.

Benedetta Arese Lucini

She began her career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in London City but life as a ‘banker’ did not satisfy her creativity. She therefore decided to go to New York to attend an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business with a specialization in “Business of Technology, Media and Entertainment” where she discovered not only her love for independent cinema, but also for the world of technology and startups. After graduating she moved to San Francisco in the heart of the Silicon Valley and at Credit Suisse helped many startups through the IPO process. Ready for another adventure, Benedetta goes to live in Malaysia to work in the Operations of one of rising e-commerce stratups of Rocket Internet, which was rapidly expanding across Southeast Asia. Enriched with a number of diverse experiences, Benedetta decides to return, after almost ten years, to her beloved Italy to work as General Manager of Uber, with the aim of creating an innovative ecosystem in her own country of origin. She now also holds a Regional role for Europe, helping expand the brand across all major European cities.

Maurizio Costabeber

Entrepreneur, he has been active for over twenty years in world of rapid prototyping. The geographical proximity with the Vicenza goldsmith district leads him from an early age to work closely with people striving for perfection and for the highest quality standards. His vision turns into business in 2007 with DWS, a company which aims to bring the 3D printing at a quality that exceeds market’s expectations. True example of made-in-Italy from engineering to software and consumable, DWS has gained in few years significant market shares in the jewelery and digital dentistry industries. The company is now pointing to the consumer market with a revolutionary 3D printer which will bring the stereolithography technology in the makers’ world.

Luca Sabatini

Luca Sabatini

Luca Sabatini is a quantitative and qualitative social researcher. He is professor of statistics at the University of Parma, columnist for the newspaper Il Secolo XIX and author of several scientific articles. In Ixè is involved in social and political research with particular attention to the developmentof new methodologies and data analysis.

Barbara Sgarzi

Barbara Sgarzi is a journalist, blogger, consultant and Social Media professor at Sissa University and Master of Associazione Italiana Editori (AIE). Online since 1998, she did the start up of Yahoo! Italy, worked at Yahoo! Headquarter in London and then, back to Italy, she worked as a start up and content manager for several editorial projects online (Cosmopolitan.it, Leonardo.it, Donnamoderna.com). She worked for aNobii and co-founded Zazie.it, an italian social reading platform. 

Besides university, she’s been teaching online journalism and social media at Condé Nast, Corriere della sera and Gazzetta dello Sport. She writes for Vanity Fair, Donna Moderna and Grazia. She wrote aNobii, il tarlo della lettura (2009), Hai voluto la carrozzina (2001), Twitter, News e Comunicazione (2012), Social media ed editoria (2014). She’s a member of the Online News Association.

Carola Frediani

Carola Frediani is a journalist, in 2010 she cofounded Effecinque.org, an agency committed to delivering content, digital products, innovative formats and experiments with social media. She writes mainly about digital culture, privacy, environment, hacking and hacktivism for L’Espresso, Wired, Il Secolo XIX, Pagina99 and TechPresident. In the past she has also written extensively for Corriere della Sera and Sky.it, where among other things she worked on the Beautiful Lab project. Previously she had worked for almost ten years with Franco Carlini in the web journalism agency Totem, in Genova. In 2012, she wrote Dentro Anonymous, a travel in the legions of cyberactivism.

Alessandra Farabegoli

As freelance consultant and trainer, Alessandra teaches to organizations, companies and individuals how to use the network to provide a better service, earn more money and work better. Her path however has been not entirely conventional: she graduated in biology, learning how to read the world in its many levels of organization and interaction; then she worked in the IT, explaining the benefits of computers to non-technician and the needs of non-technicians to computer scientists. This art of translation has been training her to consider any problem from many points of view. In early 2000s she directed a web agency. In 2012 she created with Gianluca Diegoli the training project Digital Update.

Alessandra is the author of Sopravvivere alle informazioni su Internet, Email marketing con Mailchimp and Email marketing in pratica. Her ebook gathering post from her blog, Manuale di buon senso in rete, is downloaded every year by thousands of reader.

Alessio Jacona

Alessio Jacona is a journalist, blogger, communication consultant and photographer. For years he has dealt in web 2.0, social networking, the internet industry and market, new media, corporate and business blogging. He writes for Wired, La Repubblica, L’Espresso, GQ, Nova 24-IlSole24Ore. He was a reporter on the RAI 3 science programme E se domani until 2013. He is co-author of the Manuale di Comunicazione Politica in Rete.

Andrea Raimondi

PhD student at the University of Nottingham, Andrea works on Metaphysics of Causation and Philosophy of Sciences & Technology. He’s a member of CauSci, an international network of philosophers and scientists. Previously employed as applied ontologist, he contributed to start the Italian National Pension System and security opendata project. Proudly SpaghettiOpendata folk and member of OpenKnowledge Italy and OpenScience Italia, he’s now active as civic hacker in the community. Latest contributions are Acqualta and Italia OpenData Census.

Mafe De Baggis

Since 1997, Mafe has sought to bring companies, leaders and people who feel the need to the Internet, guiding them in correctly interpreting and experiencing a complex, but at the same time fun, medium. She works to free people from the fear of change and to show them how to live it in an evolutive way. She wrote several books, the first in 2001 on communities (Le tribù di Internet), the last in 2010 called World Wide We.

Mafe is member of the State of the Net’ steering committee.

Giuseppe Borruso

He teaches Economic Geography and Geography of Networks at the Department of Economics, Business, Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Trieste. He holds an MSc in Geographic Information Science (University College London) and a PhD in Geography. His research interests are in Urban and Transport Geography, spatial analysis and GIS, Neogeography and the geography of new media. He is President of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of Cartography and Member of the Editorial Board of several international journals, of scientific committees of many national and international conferences and of the scientific council of some national and international organizations. He is author and co-author of more than 80 national and international publications (including papers, books, edited and co-edited works) in his research fields, mainly focused on Cities and Geographic Information technologies.

Andrea Favretto

Andrea Favretto

He is associate professor of Geography at the University of Trieste, Department of Humanities. His current teaching activities at the Trieste University are Geographical Information Systems (degree in Land Use Management and Communication Sciences) and Internet and Web Mapping (degree in Communication Sciences). His current research interests are in the field of digital cartography and quantitative methods for spatial analysis. In particular he is involved in spatial analysis with Geographical Information Systems, Remote sensing technologies and multivariate statistical analysis. He published more than 100 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings; plus 6 books, and 4 edited books (two of them are teaching manual on GIS methodologies).

Filippo Pretolani

The complex relationship between economics, culture and communication has always been key in his professional experience. After ten years in corporate communication he quit to better focus on disintermediation and digital shift. As a consultant and freelance, he works with his customers on change management, social media strategies, second screen approaches and online presence management for middle and large corporations.

Giovanni Mauro

Giovanni Mauro

Giovanni Mauro is assistant professor of Geography at the Department of Humanistic Studies of the University of Trieste. He is member of the scientific committee and editorial board of the Italian Association of Cartography (AIC) and of the scientific committee ASITA (Federation of Scientific Associations for Territorial and Environmental Information).

Beniamino Murgante

Beniamino Murgante is professor of spatial panning School of Engineering of the University of Basilicata. He took his PhD in Sciences and methods for European cities and territory at the Department of Civil engineer of the University of Pisa and he carried out other researches in Lyon at the Laboratory for Information System Engineering directed by Robert Laurini. He is the author of more than 100 international publications in the field of technology applied to the city and the territory. Member of the Editorial Board of several international journals, of scientific committees of many national and international conferences and of the scientific council of some national and international organizations. Co-General Chair of the International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications (ICCSA).

Antonella La Carpia

Marketing and communication director at Ebuzzing, tech leader company in the video advertising business. In the past 10 years she dealt with many other realities as press office manager, journalist, copywriter, marketing manager, social media strategist. Blogger by passion, singer by mission. Web & media expert, she has worked with other national and international companies like: SmartBox, Adnkronos, MN Italia Virateam, RAI.

Marilena Pellegrini

Ebuzzing’ Senior Sales Manager, she joined the team while it was still an Italian start up. Degree in Communication and an MBA in strategic marketing, she has worked in the media advertising in London, and as Sales Consultant in Italy. You will find her for sure teaching at some MBA courses about Buzz Marketing, Video Adv and how wonderful and gratifying it is to be part of the founding team of a company.