Wednesday 1 June 19:30 - 20:30

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Book Launch: In The Social Network by Claudio Ceruti

Science & Technology

Book Launch: In The Social Network - Digital Exploitation and Collective Intelligence by Claudio Ceruti.

Please join us on Wednesday 1st June for the book launch of β€œIn The Social Network” / β€œNella Rete dei Social”, and a discussion with the author PhD Claudio Ceruti.

The book essay looks at social networks as a "social product", a result of a historical process that started a long time ago. Contrary to the narrative that portrays them as inevitable disruptive innovations, these technologies are believed here being explored how they might play a paradigmatic role in the system of domination and profit making of 21st century capitalism.

The effects on individuals, the polarizations produced by fake news, the digital exploitation mechanisms and the strengthening of the traditional ones are analysed by the author. Thus, Furthermore, the nature of social networks is revealed as a means of predation of collective intelligence. Together, however, there is also a space for their deconstruction and a consciously alternative use.

The discussion is moderated by Sara Marchesi, non-fiction Editor-in-Chief at Prospero Editore.

The first edition of the book has been published in Italian, the presentation and discussion will be in English.

The event is free, pre-booking is essential as seats are limited.


Claudio Ceruti (1984) has a degree in computer science and a doctorate in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. After a past as an academic researcher at the University of Milan, he moved to London where he currently works in the world of start-ups with a focus on social network analysis and the application of AI. Always active as a social activist, he has been involved in projects with migrants, anti-fascism, urban spaces and technologies.

Sara Marchesi (1990) lives and works between Milan and Trento. She has a degree in Architecture and Art critique and since 2015 works in the publishing field as an editor and translator. For Prospero Editore she is Editor-in-chief for Non-fiction. She is currently a PhD fellow in political and environmental philosophy at the University of Trento.

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