TECH AND CRIMINAL LAWYER, DIGITAL RIGHTS ADVOCATE
WITH A GREAT PASSION FOR LEGAL CYBERNETICS, GLOBAL ISSUES AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Alessandro Polidoro is an attorney at law experienced in IT law and digital forensics, with a strong dedication to advocacy and strategic litigation in the field of digital rights where he works closely with many civil society groups, activists and hackers. His professional expertise revolves around the creation and implementation of new policy for the digital world fostering pluralism and decentralization.
He is currently affiliated with the foundation Cyber Rights Organization where he operates as Senior Advocacy Officer. He also collaborates with the law-tech firm Tre14 and with Studio Legale Polidoro being responsible for cases pertaining to data protection law, cybercrimes and TMT. Core activity of his work is offering legal protection against hate crimes and gender-based violence, particularly with regard to image-based sexual abuse.
In collaboration with other digital rights activists, he launched the campaign #StopDataPorn having the role of Lead Attorney. The aim of this initiative is to address the systemic violation of data protection law within the porn industry and it was made possible thanks to the support of Reset and Digital Freedom Fund.
Alessandro has been the Head of Legal of Tracking Exposed, a non-profit organization focused on algorithmic auditing and platform accountability, where he coordinated several projects in partnership with stakeholders coming from both public and private sector.
He has contributed as legal expert to the Data Knowledge Hub, a community created within the project Upgrade Democracy that aims to provide a central resource for monitoring social media platforms and online discourse, thanks to the support of Bertelsmann Stiftung. He has also been a component of the Legal Advisory Board for the project Algocount focused on the influence of algorithms over public opinion, made possible thanks to the support of Fondazione Cariplo.
Previously, he has been part of the campaign #intimitàviolata that led to the criminalization of non-consensual dissemination of sexual images, so called NCII, in Italy.
In the field of legal cybernetics, Alessandro has partaken in several research projects envisioning how digital technology can empower non-hierarchical societal frameworks and horizontal decision-making processes. This area of study is one of the most challenging as it aims to bridge the gap between law and information technology, promoting change for the organizational models of our society through means like federated networks and distributed ledger technology.
Papers and Articles
Talks and Lectures
Chaos Communication Camp
Mildenberg | August 2023
#StopDataPorn: protect your sexual preferences from algorithmic abuse
Remote | March 2023
Exposing how Pornhub abuses personal data of its users
Spotlight on AI and Freedom of Expression: A SAIFE Expedition (OSCE)
Vienna | December 2022
Datafication of our lives
Milano Digital Week
Milano | October 2022
La responsabilità degli algoritmi. Tra sociologia, software e diritto
Roma | September 2022
A New Hope
New York City | July 2022
Porn platforms hate them for exposing their mischief with these two weird tricks
Remote | June 2022
Unveiling how porn platforms abuse personal data with Tracking Exposed and GDPR
Ordine dei Giornalisti della Lombardia
Milano | October 2019
Revenge porn: gli aspetti sociali, tecnici e giuridici