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Discussing Information and Democracy: an event of the "Informatica50" Program

17.05.2019 15:30 to 18:30

As part of "Informatica50" (a program of initiatives to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the institution of the first italian degree course in Information Sciences in Pisa), an event concerning "Informazione e Democrazia" will be held on May 17th, at 3.30 p.m., at Palazzo Matteucci (Piazza Evangelista Torricelli 2, Pisa).

From self-guided cars to content-moderating systems of online information, we live in a society increasingly managed and controlled by automated systems. The flow of information that reaches us through social networks is defined not by information content or relevance, but by opinions, proposing only facts and opinions more similar to our ideas and ideologies. Diversity is essential to preserve and nourish our collective intelligence and our democracy. But how are things really? What are the risks and potentials of algorithmic systems on citizens ' freedoms?

The speakers' roster includes:

  • Dino Pedreschi, Full Professor of Informatics at the University of Pisa; Coordinatior of the PhD Data Science (UNIPI, SNS, S. Anna, IMT, CNR)
  • Luca De Biase, Journalist and Editor for Innovation at Il Sole 24 Ore and Nova24; Faculty in Knowledge Management and Informatics for the Humanities at the University of Pisa
  • Elda Brogi, Scientific Coordinator of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom at the European University Institute
  • Paolo Passaglia, Full Professor of Public Comparative Law at the University of Pisa
  • Roberta Bracciale, Researcher in Political Sciences and Director of the MediaLaB (Big Data in Social and Political Research Laboratory) at the University of Pisa.

Prof. G. Ferrari, Director of the Computer Science Department of the University of Pisa, will moderate the discussion.

Anyone interested in these topics is welcome to attend. More information about the event can be found here.


Palazzo Matteucci
Piazza Evangelista Torricelli, 2
56126 Pisa