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14th December 2021

IIC Italy Chapter Webinar: Insights for a balanced regulation: considering platforms benefits and protection needs

Chapter event, Virtual Event

Tuesday 14th December 2021

Start time: 14h30 (CEST)

This joint conference of the IIC Italian Chapter and Agcom aims to explore the benefits produced by the digital ecosystem and, in particular, by the rise of online platforms. This line of inquiry stems from a conviction that any regulation of the digital environment must be proportionate, i.e. able to balance fundamental rights and freedoms, without affecting the technological development and economic growth of platforms. In this respect, it is crucial to recognise platforms’ complexity and their double-edged nature: on the one hand, online platforms raise concerns; on the other hand, the benefits of their services, both for the individual and for the community, are undeniable. Therefore, as well as identifying the problems generated by or associated with each type of service, the positive aspects of online platforms should be highlighted.

The conference will explore the indirect benefits (positive externalities) arising from specific online services in relation to different fields (Economics, Finance, Labour; Society, Culture, Environment; Law, Democracy, Institutions).

More details coming soon.


Augusto Preta (Dr) President, IIC Italian Chapter; CEO, ITMedia Consulting

Augusto Preta is a consultant, economist and market analyst, with long-established experience in the field of content media and digital markets. As Founder and CEO at ITMedia Consulting, he has assisted and advised for almost 30 years, public institutions, authorities and major companies in media, telecommunications and the internet industries.

Mr Preta is Member of the SIE (Società Italiana degli Economisti).  He has been a visiting professor on Media Economics at Urbino University, Sassari University e Università Cattolica di Milano for almost 20 years, and has been involved in many research projects, writing influential papers and cooperating with organisations such as: Aspen Institute, European Law and Economics Society, Luigi Einaudi Foundation. He is author of “Economia dei contenuti” (2008) and “TV and relevant markets” (2013). He co-authored with Gerard Pogorel the Fondation Robert Schuman research report  “Convergence in Media and Telecom in face of Covid-19” (2020).

Mr Preta is a member of the IIC Board of Directors and President of the Italian Chapter.


Elisa Giomi (Prof) Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

Elisa Giomi is an Associate Professor at Roma Tre University, Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, where she teaches Sociology of Media and Communication, Television Narrative, and Advertising. She coordinates the Media and Communication module of the MA in Gender and Political Studies.  Ms Giomi also the MA course in Cultural Leadership Research, a double postgraduate degree programme (University of Groningen and Roma Tre University).

Ms Giomi is the author of more than 50 publications for major Italian and international publishers and for Italian and foreign peer-reviewed journals.

Ms Giomi has coordinated national and international scientific projects aimed at studying the media and identifying good practices in the sector, on behalf of various bodies and institutions including: European Parliament, EJC-European Journalism Center, EIGE-European Institute for Gender Equality.  She has coordinated television content analysis projects on behalf of Italian broadcasters, including monitoring the representation of women in public programming.

Ms Giomi collaborates with the parliamentary commission of enquiry on feminicide, as well as on all forms of gender-based violence; she is a member of the board of the “Gender Studies” Section of the AIS-Italian Association of Sociology and of the magazine “AG. About Gender. International Journal of Gender Studies”.

By decree of the President of the Republic, sMs Giomi was appointed on 15 September 2020 as a member of the Board of Authority for Guarantees in Communications.

She is the Agcom Representative in the Italian Chapter of the IIC International Institute of Communications.

Giacomo Lasorella (Dr) President, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

Giacomo Lasorella is, since October 2, 2020, President of Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), the independent Italian regulatory Authority in charge of electronic communications, media and postal services.

A lawyer and expert in legislation and in parliamentary procedure, Dr Lasorella has been Deputy Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and he has held for many years the responsibility to assist the President and the vice Presidents of the Chamber of Deputies in conducting the work of the Assembly.

In his long career as parliamentary officer (to which he was appointed after an official public contest), he was also Secretary of the Communication Parliamentary Commission and responsible of the staff to the Parliamentary Commission on radio and television services.

Dr Lasorella is a contract Professor of parliamentary law at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, and he is author of many publications on parliamentary and constitutional law published in relevant academic journals.

Laura Aria Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

Laura Aria graduated in Political Science from Sapienza University of Rome.

Ms Aria spent part of her professional career at the Italian Ministry of Communications, dealing with public broadcasting and electronic communications (1998-2004).

From 2004 to 2018 Ms Aria worked at the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) where she held the position of Director of Services and Departments related to the regulation and supervision of the audiovisual, multimedia and political communication networks, services and content sectors. She also served as AGCOM’s Director of Legal Service, interim Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.

From 2019 to 2020 she took the position of general manager at the Directorate General for Business Incentives at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.

Ms Aria has been a member of various committees on new information and communication technologies and on the experimentation of digital terrestrial television broadcasts and interactive services.

Ms Aria has written on radio and television and electronic communications.

By decree of the President of the Republic, on 15 September 2020, she was appointed as AGCOM’s Member.

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