Teaching

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There are several links between the activities of the Nexa Center and the teaching activities of the co-directors, faculty fellows and other fellows of the Center.


Rivoluzione Digitale



digital-revolutionRivoluzione Digitale” (Digital Revolution) is an elective course for first-year students at Polytechnic University of Turin. It aims to contribute to the education of future engineers and architects as digital individuals, by providing students with the multidisciplinary knowledge required to understand the digital revolution, and by teaching them practical online-world skills.
The course is held by Juan Carlos De Martin with help from Giuseppe Futia and Lorenzo Canova .

Ranging from business activities to culture, from politics to everyday life, digital-revolution effects are so deep and lasting that the traditional education of engineers and architects has to be complemented with selected multidisciplinary knowledge – legal, economic, historical and social – to fully understand the aspects of the digital revolution and the related impact on society.
Moreover, on the practical side, responsible and aware digital citizens need to master online skills such as blogging, discussing on mailing lists and on twitter, producing short videos of themselves presenting their own work and ideas.

The course featured few guest lecturers, some of which are Nexa trustees or fellows. In 2018 we enrolled 186 students, while in 2017 they were 157. Mehdi Khrichfa, one of the best students of the 2017 course, will be spending 10 weeks at the Berkman Center as a Summer Intern.

For more information about the course structure, please refer to the syllabus and rules sections, as well as to Politecnico's teaching portal.


Digital technologies and society


Digital technologies and society is a Polytechnic University of Turin master course aiming at raising awareness on what does it mean to be an computer engineer in the age of AI and Algorithm.
In a time when developments like the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, social networks and smartphones are revolutionizing economy, politics, culture and personal relationships, the course aims to introduce the student to the reflection on the social impact of information technology and, viceversa, on social conditioning on the development of information technology - leading him to understand his role in society both as a professional and as a citizen in possession of certain technical and scientific skills.
The course is held by Juan Carlos De Martin.

The student will acquire the necessary elements to complete his training as an IT engineer, as recommended, among others, by ACM and IEEE. In particular, the student will acquire a greater awareness of the duties of a professional and the tools to understand the consequences for people and society of apparently only technical choices.
The course is divided into lectures during which students' contributions will be encouraged. Moreover, during the course, the students will be divided into groups of about 2-3 people; each group will choose a topic to be explored concerning a digital theme and society close to their own interests.

The course will start on the Academic Year 2018/2019.

For more information about the course structure, please refer to the syllabus and rules sections, as well as to Politecnico's teaching portal.


New media languages



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New media languages is a compulsory course for the second year students of Communication Sciences at the University eCampus. It is an online course which aims at illustrating how intermedia and transmedia communication strategies can be used, to turn “old media” like television, cinema, books, newspapers, videogames, etc., into new media, which can offer their users new and meaningful communicative experiences.

Many examples are taken from political communication, so that students can learn how to use “new media” to involve people into communication projects that may help them to better participate to the democratic life.

The course is held by Antonio Santangelo.
Antonio Santangelo is a researcher who has always worked in the field of media studies. One of his main research topics is technological innovation and its cultural meaning. He has also worked as a TV author and as a spin doctor for political campaigns, to involve people into communication projects with the aim of empowering them with tools that may facilitate cooperation and knowledge sharing. He has studied these projects from a linguistic point of view. His theory is that a certain usage of media language can move people to act in a clever way.

The course aims at giving students two kinds of capacities: some critical and some practical ones. The critical capacities are needed to distinguish clever intermedia and transmedia projects, the ones that can better raise the collective creation of knowledge and that can help people to share an intelligent and rich vision of the world. The practical capacities are needed to help students to become media designers, so that they can project new interesting media experiences.

The course is attended from 350 students per year and is very appreciated, with a very high rank (5 points out of 5) in terms of the contents quality and interest. Many students do their final thesis on the topics of New Media Languages.

Other ongoing teaching activities

Riconnessioni - Fondazione per la Scuola (Compagnia di San Paolo)
Riconnessioni is a project of education to the “future” that accompanies the schools of the first and second degree to face the change caused by the ongoing digital revolution, with the aim of creating a model of educational innovation at a national level. In November and December 2017, as part of the Riconnessioni project's training proposal, Juan Carlos De Martin gave a series of lectures entitled "Computational Thinking" and "Being Digital".


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WIPO Master (LL.M)

The World Intellectual Property Organization and the University of Turin organize an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law at the ILO International Training Center in Turin. The LL.M is coordinated, starting from 2016, by Nexa Fellow AAlessandro Cogo, who succeeded Nexa co-director Marco Ricolfi.
Great attention has been given in last editions of the LLM to the implications of ICT on IP and, in particular, to the nexus between data, artificial intelligence and knowledge. A conference on AI and IP has been hosted on October 16, 2017, with a program enriched by a cycle of lectures on IP, IoT and data protection. A new conference on trade secrets will instead be hosted on October 15, 2018.


FULL (Seminars on communication)

Between February and April 2018, Antonio Santangelo has been charged by FULL (Future Urban Legacy Lab of Polytechnic University of Turin), in his quality of board member, to train researchers, Ph.D. and post-doc students, to effectively communicate the meaning and the results of their studies. Moreover, after training these personnel, Antonio Santangelo has been asked to conduct a research on how to build the brand image of FULL and on how to position it in the field of University Research Centers. The results of this research have been reported to the FULL board, to help the personnel to take more aware decisions on the Center communication.


Master School of Journalism

From 2016, the Nexa Trustee Anna Masera is the director of the School of Journalism of the University of Turin: such new leadership enables many opportunities of collaboration between the Nexa Center and the School of Journalism. After the practical laboratories on Web and semantic technologies held by the Ph.D. student Giuseppe Futia and some insight on the drone journalism provided by Nexa Fellow Giovan Battista Gallus, during the last reporting period the co-Director Prof. Marco Ricolfi contributed with a lecture on copyright protection. On the other side, the students of the School of Journalism covered many events and initiatives carried out by the Nexa Center. In the following years, such collaboration will extend to joint projects.


Master Course Management of Libre Software
In November 2017, Juan Carlos De Martin, Federico Morando, Marco Torchiano and Antonio Servetti were teaching at the “Master di I livello in management del software libero”, a course for officials in the public administrations and managers in private corporations. The Master will end in December 2018.


Big data Academy Intesa Sanpaolo - Digital Culture
The goal of this curriculum proposal is to increase the awareness on the deep motivations that make the digital technologies a disruption with respect to the past, exploring related problems and opportunities. An interdisciplinary approach is used: technological perspectives are combined with the legal, socio-economical, historical and philosophical (included ethics) dimensions. The curriculum is composed of three modules: “Introduction to the digital revolution” (taught by Juan Carlos De Martin), “Introduction to the Big Data revolution” (taught by Antonio Vetrò) and “The legal aspects of the digital and data revolutions” (taught by Nexa Fellow Carlo Blengino ).


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Big Dive

The Top-IX consortium and other partners organize Big Dive, a five-week training program providing the key technical skills needed to dive into the big data universe, including some multidisciplinary knowledge useful to extract value from data.. In July 2017, within its 6th edition, Antonio Vetrò gave lectures on the topic of data quality (in 2017 together with fellow Alessio Melandri ).


Past teaching activities


Topics in Internet & Society Interdisciplinary Studies
This course – addressed to students of all Doctoral Programmes – is aimed at providing an interdisciplinary overview of a selection of Internet & Society topics currently addressed by scholars at global level, all of which have tangible implications in many domains, and may very well suggest new lines of reasoning to ongoing research of PhD candidates. More information at: https://nexa.polito.it/2017/06/doctoral-course. Information on 2016 edition is available at: http://nexa.polito.it/2016/06/doctoral-course. Information on 2015 edition is available at: http://nexa.polito.it/2015/06/doctoral-course.


Open Data in Public Administrations
From March to May 2016 the Nexa Center delivered a 40 hours course to the employees of public administrations on the Open Data principles, in the context of the continuing training program provided by the Politecnico di Torino. The course provided participants with the skills required to manage the information assets of a public body, taking into account the opportunities and risks relating to the provision and re-use of public data. The course exploited a multidisciplinary approach, adapting to different learning paths of learners, and touching advanced topics such as linked data and data fusion. Lectures were held by Juan Carlos De Martin, Marco Torchiano, Raimondo Iemma, Federico Morando, and Giuseppe Futia. Students have been evaluated on the basis of group work developed from data published by the administrations in real cases.

ASP Winter school “The New Internet Society: Entering the black-box of digital
innovation”

The ASP (Alta Scuola Politecnica, http://www.asp-poli.it/) Winter school is a 5 days intensive course for the top 2% Master’s students of the Politecnico of Torino and Milano that in 2016 took place in Belgirate (14-18 MarchThe course “The New Internet Society: Entering the blackbox of digital innovation” had the objective to provide the students with a set of theoretical and applied tools in management of innovation). For this edition Juan Carlos De Martin gave lectures and insights about the influence of technology on society and viceversa, with two lectures: “The Cultural Roots of Digital Innovation” and “Sharing and Collaboration in the Digital Age: Facts and Myths”. Antonio Vetrò and Lorenzo Canova have been the tutors of the school, for assisting and evaluating the students in their homework during and after the school.


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Last-JD (Ph.D.)
Some teaching activities are taking place within the Last-JD Joint International Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degree in Law, Science and Technology, in which the Nexa Center is involved as an associate partner. In particular, Alessandro Mantelero and Federico Morando lectured during the Spring of 2014 (when the students are spending a term in Turin).



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Innovation and international transactions law
In 2014, Alessandro Mantelero has started his second level course on “Innovation and International Transactions Law”, featuring as a primary focus the digital arena. The course included guest lectures from Nexa researchers, e.g., Raimondo Iemma and Federico Morando.



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CopyrightX satellite

CopyrightX is a networked course, combining pre-recorded lectures, seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions. It is taught and coordinated by Prof. William Fisher and it is a joint initiative of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning project, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The course explores copyright law, with an emphasis on normative aspects and on the debate about how to stimulate and sustain creative expression. Three groups of students take part in the course: a class of residential students at Harvard Law School, about 500 online participants, the students of 10 "satellite" courses, based in countries other than the United States (and each taught by a different copyright law expert).

In 2014, the first of the satellite courses was affiliated with the Nexa Center for Internet & Society and taught by Nexa Faculty AssociateGiancarlo Frosio (see http://copyx.org/satellites/turin-italy/). Moreover, another satellite course, affiliated with the Institute for Information Law (Amsterdam, Netherlands) was taught by Nexa Fellow Thomas Margoni.


Corso Open Data

The Nexa Center organizes a course on Open Data within the Data Engineering Master at Politecnico di Torino.