Francesca Musiani / PhD candidate and researcher, Mines ParisTech

Last updated on profile page : February 4th, 2011


Francesca Musiani is a PhD candidate and researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, CSI), a research unit of Mines ParisTech and CNRS located in Paris, France. Her dissertation focuses on features and implications of alternative peer-to-peer technologies for Internet-based services. Her research interests include information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development; the evolution of legal systems and rights in the digital age; and online participatory practices of fan communities. She obtained her first master's degree in organizational communication from the University of Padova, Italy, with which she continues to collaborate. She also holds a master’s 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) of 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).

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By Francesca Musiani on ParisTech Review

In the age when the massive success of social network sites relies on users' willingness to freely disclose their personal data for profiling purposes, issues of user privacy and personal data protection are under the spotlight. This article addresses current developments in the field of decentralized social networking as a way of countering the trade-off between privacy and connectivity in social network services. We argue that such tools may constitute the first attempt to fully leverage the social opportunity of virtual networking tools.
L'éclatant succès actuel des réseaux sociaux a un revers: il s'appuie sur le captage, réalisé avec leur consentement mais à des fins marketing, des données personnelles de leurs utilisateurs. Conséquence: les problèmes liés à la protection de la vie privée et des informations personnelles sont aujourd'hui en pleine lumière. Cet article s'intéresse aux développements récents dans le domaine des réseaux sociaux décentralisés, qui permettent de dépasser le dilemme entre préservation de la vie privée et présence sur les réseaux sociaux. Ces outils pourraient même être les premiers à tirer pleinement parti du potentiel social des outils de réseaux virtuels.

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