Portrait Antonio Casilli
Antonio CasilliProfessor

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Antonio A. Casilli is a professor of sociology at Télécom Paris, « grande école » of the Polytechnic Institute of Paris and a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute on Innovation (i3), an institute of the French CNRS.

He is also an associate fellow in sociology at the LACI-IIAC (Critical Interdisciplinary Anthropology Center, formerly Edgar Morin Centre) of the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris), where since 2007 he has been facilitating the the seminar Studying digital cultures. In 2018, he became a faculty fellow et the Nexa Center for Internet and Society of the Polytechnic University of Turin.

His main research foci are computer-mediated communication, labor and civil liberties. Since 2009, he has been coordinating several international research projects (notably in China, South Korea, Russia, Cuba, Brazil, Bolivia) focusing on online social networks, labor, health, and privacy. He also studies advanced ethno-computational methods and agent-based simulation for social science.

Activités : enseignement, recherche, projetsActivities : Teaching, Research, Projects

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In addition to several scientific publications in French, English, and Italian, he is the  author of En attendant les robots ([Waiting for Robots], Paris: Seuil, 2019; Italian translation, Schiavi del clic, Feltrinelli, 2020), an inquiry into the working conditions of underpaid humans who make artificial intelligence possible. His previous books include: Trabajo, conocimiento y vigilancia ([Work, Knowledge, and Surveillance], La Paz: Editorial del Estado, 2018), a collection of 5 essays on technology and society; Le phénomène “pro-ana” ([The ‘Pro-Ana Phenomenon); Paris: Presses des Mines, 2016; with P. Tubaro), a book about e-health, online censorship, and problematic speech in social networks.  Qu’est-ce que le digital labor? ([What is digital labor?], Paris: Editions de l’INA, 2015; with D. Cardon), a controversial essay on how digital platforms change the way we work; Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy (New York: Springer, 2014; with P. Tubaro and Y. Sarabi), a socio-computational pamphlet about the blurred line between public and private in social media; Les liaisons numériques ([Digital relationships]; Paris: Seuil, 2010), an investigation on how the Web reconfigures social behavior; Stop Mobbing (Rome: DeriveApprodi, 2000; reprint 2001), an inquiry into communicational violence in cognitive capitalism; La Fabbrica Libertina (Rome: Manifesto Libri, 1997; 2nd edition 2000), “a marxist/cyborg reading of the links between industrialism and sadism”.

Media features

A longtime regular commentator on French national radio France Culture, he stirs up both traditional media (Le Monde, Libération, Il Corriere, Repubblica, France Télévisions, Arte, BBC, Wired) and online ones (Rue89, Huffington Post, Quarz). He tweets sustainedly with the handle @AntonioCasilli.

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