Conferenza Nexa su Internet & Società 2018

10th Nexa Conference

Workshop Decode Project

In cooperation with FULL (Future Urban Legacy Lab)

"Urban Digital Commons and The Future of Cities"

Tuesday, 18th December 2018

Conference room "Luigi Ciminiera" DAUIN, Politecnico, Corso Castelfidardo 34/D, Torino (Map)

Free entry while seats last, subject to registration (required) at the address:

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The Conference is accredited by The Council of the Turin Bar Association.
The participation entitles the members to 2 training credits



“Smart Cities” and “Smart Communities” have been recurrent keywords in countless projects and initiatives in the last decade, addressed to the emerging problems of our cities in the XXI century: pollution monitoring systems, smart grids, devices for remote health monitoring, robots for assisting aging population, traffic management systems are some examples.

Recently the smart city rhetoric has attracted an increasing number of critics because most of the funding agendas and of the proposed solutions are ascribable to forms of technocratic and market driven governance - often bound to black box technologies and data - which do not really address the real causes of the complex urban issues.

To recover the neglected role of societies in the urban governance, several counter-proposals are rooted on the notions of social and civic rights, citizens active participation through technology, and on the idea of urban digital commons.

The 10th Nexa Conference is focused on the latter: we will discuss the role of urban digital commons in shaping the future governance of our cities, in the context of two ongoing projects: the Digital Open Urban Twin at the Future Urban Legacy Lab, and the H2020 project DECODE.

Conference Program

9.00 – 9.30

Welcome and Registration

9.30 – 9.45

Conference Opening

  • Guido Saracco, Rector of the Politecnico di Torino
  • Claudio Demartini, Director of Department of Control and Computer Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino
9.45 – 10.00


Marco Ricolfi (Co-Director of the Nexa Center)

10.00 – 10.30

Keynote #1 | Rethinking the smart city starting from the citizens’ digital rights: The Barcelona and DECODE experience

Francesca Bria (Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer - City of Barcelona)

[Slides ]

10.30 – 11.00

Keynote #2 | A smart approach to the commons?

Paolo Cardullo (Confirm Research Centre Maynooth University School of Business)


11.00 – 11.30

Q&A session

Marco Ricolfi (Co-Director of the Nexa Center)

11.30 – 12.30

Panel #1 | What are urban digital commons?


Massimo Durante (Università degli Studi di Torino - Faculty Fellow Nexa Center)