Francesca Musiani

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Born 1984 in Italy. Lives in Paris. PhD candidate and researcher at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI), a mixed research unit (unité mixte de recherche) of Mines ParisTech and CNRS located in Paris, France. Instructor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. Her dissertation research focuses on features and implications of alternative peer-to-peer technologies; her research interests include ICTs for development, the evolution of legal systems and rights in the digital age, and online participatory practices of fan communities. She maintains collaborations with the University of Padova, Italy, where she obtained her first Master's degree in Organizational Communication; she also holds a Master of Arts degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica, and has worked as a journalist at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. She is the author of Cyberhandshakes: How the Internet Challenges Dispute Resolution (…And Simplifies It), published with EuroEditions in 2009 thanks to a publication scholarship (beca de publicación) from the European Foundation for the Information Society, and the co-recipient of the 2010 Second Charlemagne Youth Prize of the European Parliament for her contribution to the volume You Are Here (Broken Dimanche Press, 2009).