Simona Levi (Founder) | Advocacy

Theater director, playwright, technopolitical strategist, activist and teacher, in 2017 Rolling Stone magazine chose Simona Levi as one of the 25 people who are shaping the future.

Since 2018 she has been designing and co-directing the Postgraduate Course in Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Era first at the Pompeu Fabra University, then at the University of Barcelona.

She is the initiator of projects such as Xnet – Institute for Democratic Digitalisation and Digital Rights – or 15MPARATO, which has led to the conviction of 65 politicians and bankers, of which 15 were imprisoned, among which is the ex-minister of economy of Spain and ex-president of the International Monetary Fund.

Simona Levi is promoter and (co-)author of several books. Notable amongst which are “#FakeYou — Fake news y desinformación – Gobiernos, partidos políticos, medios de comunicación de masas, corporaciones, grandes fortunas: monopolios de la manipulación informativa y recortes de la libertad de expresión” (#FakeYou: Fake News and Disinformation – Governments, political parties, mass media, corporations, big fortunes: monopolies of information manipulation and cuts in freedom of expression), edited by Rayo Verde in 2019; “Votar y cobrar. La impunidad como forma de gobierno” (Vote and charge. Impunity as a form of government)(published by Capitan Swing in 2017); “Tecnopolítica, internet y r-evoluciones” (Technopolitics, the Internet and R-evolutions) and “Cultura libre digital – Nociones básicas para defender lo que es de todxs” (Free Digital Culture: Basic Notions for Defending What Belongs to Everyone). Both these books were published in 2012 by Icaria.

Her shows have been performed in theatres and festivals throughout Europe and she has created high-impact festivals like OXcars and InnMotion.

She is and has been speaker in the media and advisor to countless citizen organizations and institutions such as the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence of the Government of Spain, the Directorate of Digital Society and the General Directorate of Digital Administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Bithabitat –Platform of Urban Innovation of the Barcelona City Council, the Internet and Digital Innovation Research Center i2CAT Foundation, the Data Ethics Committee of the General Directorate of Digital Administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia or the European Public Mosaic – Open Journal on Public Service of the School of Administration of the Generalitat de Catalunya on issues in its fields of action such as digital rights and the renewal of democracy in the current era; free culture, freedom of expression, the fight against systemic disinformation and the strategic use of digital tools for organization, communication, democratic action and the fight against State abuse.

She has been featured in the 15M from Barcelona and in the movements for the right to housing.

 

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Sergio Salgado – communication and networks

He studied Political Sciences at Santiago de Compostela University and Human Ecology at Aberta University in Lisbon.

Founder of Pantheon Work, a consultancy firm specialized in communication, organization and reputation management. He advises several organizations and institutions.

Involved in several activism projects and is co-author with Simona Levi of the book “Votar y cobrar – La impunidad como forma de gobierno” and the theater play “Hazte Banquero”.
 

Maddalena Falzoni aka Maddish (Founder) – technology

Software developer and systems administrator. Within Xnet, she coordinates the technical aspects and is responsible for the IT structure in all its aspects (development, usability, security).

She is the founder and director of MaadiX, a company that offers IT solutions aimed at preserving privacy, confidentiality and autonomy in the digital environment. Breaking the technological gap allows anyone to have online applications and services of daily use, without depending on third parties or large companies.

She has worked with several groups and social movements taking care of the applications development, offering support, monitoring and consulting.