Wednesday, November 20th 2019 at Grand Hotel Palace, Rome

Who guards the guards?

The end of free internet


Lorenzo Coretti and Andrea Paletti

How did the Internet turn from a symbol of liberation into an instrument of control? In what way platforms such as Facebook and Google came to be such powerful and controversial gatekeepers of political discourse? This discussion will focus on how governments relinquished the sovereignty of the online realm to commercial actors who may have a quite different understanding of fundamental democratic norms.

More about our speakers

Lorenzo Coretti – Program Director Bachelor Degree in Communication and Bachelor Degree in Film and Digital Media 

Lorenzo is an Italian academic with experience in research, social media, TV production and journalism both in Italy and the United Kingdom. He researched and published in the field of critical theory of technology and social movement theory. In particular, Lorenzo focused on the relationship between technological design and social movement activities, such as mobilization strategies, organizational patterns, and collective identity building processes.

Lorenzo holds a PhD in Media and Communication, University of Westminster – London, UK, a Post-Graduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning, University of Westminster – London, UK, a MA in Journalism and Society, University of East London – London, UK and a BA in Mass Communication, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza – Rome, Italy.


Andrea Paletti – PhD student in Information Systems and Innovation, London School of Economics and Political Science

Andrea Paletti is a PhD candidate in Information System and Innovationt. He holds a MA in Management of Information System and Digital Innovation (MISDI) from LSE and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He received his BA in Political Science from LUISS University in Rome, Italy.

Andrea’s research is on digital strategy for private and public sector and design of information systems (IS). By focusing on digital strategy, he examines different forms of co-creation that can increase the value of products and services. He is also researching how to design IS to create new forms of private and public organizations that directly involve citizens and clients in the production of services and products they need.

Prior to LSE , Andrea served for three years in the Italian Navy and during his studies he worked in several start-up projects in Italy and China. He has several experiences in the non-profit sector specializing in disaster management and developing a new model of disaster management system to create resilient communities. His last work was with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation for the design of an information system to manage human resources. He currently collaborates with several companies and public organizations.

Address: Via Vittorio Veneto, 70, 00187 Rome 
Registration commences at 18.30. The Conference starts at 19.30 and it will be followed at 20.30 by our networking buffet dinner. 
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