Eliane Glaser

Eliane is a writer, a senior lecturer at Bath Spa University, an associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and a BBC radio producer. Her book Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life (Fourth Estate, 2013) is about how political and financial elites legitimise themselves by co-opting authenticity, people-power, and progressive ideals. It’s about how we are still influenced and conned, even – in fact especially – at a time when we’re all supposed to be savvy citizen-consumers, and when false consciousness has become a taboo. And it’s about the power dynamics that persist behind modern smokescreens of “interactivity”, “engagement” and “democratisation”. Get Real argues that we need to reveal hidden agendas for what they are, but that we also need to set out explicit blueprints for a better world. Eliane is now writing a book about the apparent death of politics, and how it can be revived. She writes for the Guardian, the New Statesman and OpenDemocracy, among other places.

Euan Semple

Euan is an early adopter of digital technologies and an innovator who has worked with major organisations like the BBC, Nokia, the World Bank, and NATO. He believes that companies that are succeeding in the marketplace today are those that are beginning to initiate a dialogue with customers and staff to improve their operations and processes. He has helped organisations, and more importantly the people in them, to get their heads around social media, social business, and the social web both inside and outside the firewall. In his book Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do, Euan identifies that there are remarkable opportunities to mine the intellects of senior managers, backroom operators, frontline staff and customers to create a more responsive business model and that those leaders and managers that stay connected to their community at work and with their customers have the best chance to survive and flourish in this new Age of Disruption.

Adriana Lukas

Adriana is based in London where she organises the London Quantified Self meetups. She is also a Visiting Fellow of the Open University collaborating with The Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology on QS related project. In the past, she advised companies in Europe and the US on how to integrate social media into their communications.

Walter Quattrociocchi

Assistant Professor at the School for Advanced Studies in Lucca (Italy), Walter is the coordinator of the CSSLab. His research interests include dynamical processes on complex networks, graph algorithms with a special focus on computational social science. Recently his research has focused on the information diffusion in online social network platforms and their relation with the opinion evolution. From 2007 to 2010 he worked at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council. In 2012 he worked Northeastern University as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mobs Lab of Alessandro Vespignani. He serves as teacher and/or collaborator in courses on Algorithms, Programming, Distributed Computing, Social Networks for graduate and undergraduate students. Walter holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at University of Parma and a PhD in Logic and Computer Science at the University of Siena. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Luca De Biase

Innovation journalist, Luca is the founder and editor of Nòva24 project at Il Sole 24 Ore. 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 and of the master in Big data analytics at Luiss University in Rome. He is a member of the Commission for rights and duties on the internet at the Italian Parliament, member of the Big Data task force at Education Department of the Italian Government and the Big Data Committee at Istituto Nazionale di Statistica. Luca has regularly been advisor and trustee in several different governmental, public and private task forces and organisations on innovation, digital, economic development agendas. He wrote several book: Homo pluralisMedia civici and Cambiare pagina are the most recent.


Rita Cucchiara

Rita Cucchiara

Rita is Director of the Imagelab research lab at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, working on computer vision, multimedia pattern recognition, machine learning and intelligent sensing. She is full professor at UniMoRe, teaching Computer Vision and Computer Architecture. She is also Director of the Industrial research Center of IC for Enterprise, co-funded by UniMoRe and Regione Emilia Romagna under Eu-Fesr programs. She is President of GIRPR, the Italian association of Pattern Recognition. Recent activities concerns the adoption of the GPUs powers and Deep Learning  for research in fields such as video understanding, human behavior in surveillance and automotive together with  international companies, such as Panasonic,  Rai, Ferrari. In 2016 she has been awarded by the Facebook Artificial intelligence Research and the Cineca Italian SuperComputing Resource Allocation grants.

Massimo Russo

Massimo Russo is the Managing Director of the Digital Division of Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso. Previously he has been co-editor in chief of the Italian national daily La Stampa, editor in chief of Wired Italia, digital content director at Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, editor in chief of the Visual Desk of L’Espresso and Repubblica.it, reporter and senior editor in L’Espresso daily newspapers. He co-authored “Eretici Digitali”, a book about journalism in the digital age, and Attacco ai pirati, on a hacking team case. He is a contributor of Treccani-Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana on Design in the Internet and 3D printers age and a member of the Italian Parliamentary Commission in charge of drafting and implementing an Internet Bill of rights. He had been lecturing online journalism at university in Urbino, Milan, Bologna and Rome.

Elisabetta Tola

Journalist and science communicator, Elisabetta Tola is media training specialist for Italy at Google News Lab. Focused on data and multimedia journalism, she founded the science communication agency formicablu in 2005. In 2014 she produced Seedversity, a crossmedial project on agrobiodiversity supported by the Innovation and Development Reporting Grant of the European Journalism Center. During 2016 she started working on a new investigative project on the global seed market, #SEEDcontrol, funded again by EJC. Between 2015 and 2016 she was part of the investigative team that worked on the Hearing Voices project with the support of JournalismFund, published on many diverse European media. In 2012 she co-produced, together with Guido Romeo, one of the first data-driven investigative works in Italy, #scuolesicure, on seismic safety in Italian schools. She teaches Data Journalism and Multimedia production at the Master in Science Communication at Sissa, Trieste, and in other journalism schools. For the last 11 years she has been one of the voices of Radio 3 Scienza, a daily program on air on RAI Radio3. As a freelance she has collaborated with Wired Italia, RaiExpo, L’Espresso and other media and for the websites of the Italian publisher Zanichelli. She has been one of the founders of datajournalism.it, a laboratory of data-driven stories.

Barbara Sgarzi

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. Barbara writes for Vanity Fair, Donna Moderna and Grazia. She wrote aNobii, il tarlo della lettura (2009), Hai voluto la carrozzina (2011), Twitter, News e Comunicazione (2012), Social media ed editoria (2014) and Social Media Journalism (2016). She’s a member of the Online News Association.

Giulio Vidotto Fonda

A sociable sociologist, researcher at Swg Research Institute in Trieste, Phd in methodology of social science. Ten years of research experience through qualitative, quantitative and web inquiries. Now he’s researching on public opinion, consumptions, youth, health and social change. Experiencing advanced research techinques based on visual tools and text analysis, comparing online/offline public opinion. He is author of two books and several essays on sociological and methodological topics.