Franco "Bifo" Berardi (1948, Bologna) is a writer, media theorist and media activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). Like others involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. During the 1980s he contributed to the magazines Semiotexte (New York), Chimerees (Paris), Metropoli (Rome), Musica 80 (Milan) and Archipielago (Barcelona). In the 1990s he published Mutazione e Ciberpunk (Genoa 1993), Cibernauti (Rome 1994), Felix (Rome, 2001) and Generacion Postalfa (Buenos Aires). He is currently collaborating on the magazine Derive Approdi and teaches the social history of communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. He is the co-founder of the e-zine rekombinant.org and of the telestreet network.