Fabrizio SestiniSenior Expert for Digital Social Innovation, European Commission
Senior Expert for Digital Social Innovation
Fabrizio Sestini is Senior Expert in Digital Social Innovation with DG CONNECT of the European Commission. He is leading the multidisciplinary initiative “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation”, which aims at stimulating bottom-up innovative ideas for collaborative platforms exploiting network effects to include citizens, grassroots organisations and civil society in participatory social innovation processes. He is also pioneering a new area of research on distributed architectures for decentralised data governance, leveraging on peer-to-peer and blockchains/distributed ledger technologies, aiming at creating a level playground for new privacy-by-design applications exploiting the full potential of open data. In his career with the European Commission, he has enjoyed launching and managing several research initiatives related to different aspects of Internet research, policies and developments, from a multidisciplinary perspective focusing on the social applications of new network technologies. He has a PhD in Information and Communication Engineering and has published some 30 scientific papers. As an IEEE Senior Member, he has served on boards organising several scientific conferences. Fabrizio is an Internet Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge.