• In the context of the health emergency related to COVID-19 many are the efforts made by institutions and private individuals to contain the spread of the virus. Among these – given the uncertainty about the evolution of the virus and the time needed to produce a vaccine – the introduction of digital contact tracing solutions is certainly topical. However, the use of technological tools to deal with the emergency opens the debate on the subject of privacy protection.

    Lugano Living Lab proposes to deepen the advantages and disadvantages of contact tracing methods, discussing them with authoritative speakers active in different public and private sectors, who can bring different points of view.

  • Round table divided into two panels with targeted discussion and insights.

    5.00 p.m. – Opening and institutional greetings
    Marco Borradori, Mayor of the City of Lugano

    5.15 pm – Contact tracing: between surveillance, privacy and visions for the company
    Massimo Banzi – Co-founder of Arduino
    Philip Di Salvo – Researcher and journalist
    Christian Garzoni -Infectious disease expert- Medical Director of Clinica Luganese
    Markus Krienke – Professor of Modern Philosophy and Social Ethics at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano
    Patrizia Pesenti – Lawyer, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors Credit Suisse Switzerland

    The first panel addresses the issue of contact tracing from a technological point of view and the use of this tool by institutions and citizens, addressing sensitive questions: what guarantees do we have on the protection of our privacy? are we willing to give up part of our privacy for a higher common good? is it correct to talk about security or state surveillance? what model of society do we want to live in?

    6.30 p.m. – SwissCovid App: the point of the situation
    Paolo Attivissimo – Journalist
    Gianni Cattaneo – Lawyer specialising in data protection law
    Matteo Colombo – President of the Italian Association of Data Protection Officers
    Clelia Di Serio – Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Usi- Università della Svizzera Italiana, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan)
    Sang-II Kim – Head of the new Digital Transformation Division, Federal Office of Public Health
    The second panel deals with the topic of contact tracing by bringing the concrete example of the Swiss Contact Tracing app (SwissCovid). Technological, legal and formal aspects of the instrument’s effectiveness and health security will be touched upon.

    7.30 pm – Closing time


    Andrea Arcidiacono – Moderator

    Andrea Arcidiacono, born in Bellinzona in 1966, took root in Bern in the 1990s, where he acquired many years of experience in journalism, public relations and integrated communication. After graduating in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), he worked as a correspondent from the Federal Palace in Bern for Corriere del Ticino and Television of Southern Switzerland. His passion for the political system led him to venture into the world of institutional communication, as spokesperson for Federal Councillors Ruth Dreifuss and Pascal Couchepin at the Federal Department of Home Affairs in Bern. He specialises in the management of complex projects, such as the creation of the Communication and Media Service at the University of Lugano. From 2011 to 2016 he worked in Presence Switzerland at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as Head of Communications at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 and Gottardo 2016 activities program. In 2019 he created the multilingual communication and public relations agency Arcidiacono Consulting Partners, which connects Switzerland with Italy through its network of contacts in politics, business and innovation.

    Giada Marsadri – Moderator

    Giada Marsadri studied musicology in Milan and Berlin and graduated from the University of Milan. She worked for the Culture Department of CSR as editor and presenter of the show Paganini; she was also one of the voices of RSI-Rete Due. After having been artistic assistant at LuganoMusica, the music season of the LAC in Lugano, she is currently in charge of the Swiss Music Prize and music promotion at the Federal Office of Culture in Bern. Since 2014 she has been the patroness of the Locarno Film Festival, where she presents every evening on the Piazza Grande.



    Marco Borradori – Mayor of the City of Lugano 

    Borradori was born in Lugano in 1959, after graduating in law from the University of Zurich, obtained in 1983, he practiced the profession of lawyer for several years. In 1991 he was elected to the National Council. One year later he became Municipal of the City of Lugano. In 1995 he was elected State Councillor of Canton Ticino and until 2013 he heads the Department of Territory. In 2013 he became Mayor of the City of Lugano where he heads the Department of Institutions.


     Paolo Attivissimo – Journalist

    Paolo Attivissimo (not a pseudonym) is a writer and computer journalist, scientific divulger, lecturer, translator and technical interpreter and “buffalo hunter”. He has written 18 books on computer science and over 100 articles for “Le Scienze”. Since 2006 he has been conducting the programme “Il Disinformatico” on Swiss Radio and Television Network “Rete Tre”and is a consultant on information technology and media disinformation for RSI, RAI and Mediaset. He has accumulated around 95 million hits on his blog Disinformatico.info and 410,000 followers on Twitter. Born in York (UK), he lives and works in Lugano with his wife Elena, two and a half cats and too many computers.

    Massimo Banzi – Co-founder of Arduino

    Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is Interaction Designer, Educator and supporter of Open Source Hardware. He has worked as a consultant for clients like: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas.
    Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Turin.
    He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea (IDII) as Associate Professor. Massimo has held workshops and hosted conferences all over the world. Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He worked for many years as Software architect, both in Milan and London, on projects for clients such as Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.
    Massimo is also the author of “Getting Started with Arduino” published by O’Reilly. He regularly contributes to the Italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, online magazine on innovation.
    He currently teaches at SUPSI and USI in Lugano and CIID in Copenhagen.

    Gianni Cattaneo – Lawyer specialist in data protection law

    Gianni Cattaneo is active in the field of contract law, commercial and technology, with particular reference to the protection of privacy and personal data (public and private sector), e-commerce, protection of creativity (copyright and trademarks), Fintech and Cloud Computing. He is a member of the Cantonal Data Protection Commission and lecturer in law at SUPSI.


    Matteo Colombo – President of the Italian Association of Data Protection Officers 

    Matteo Colombo, President of the Association Data Protection Officer | ASSO DPO and founding member of the company Privacy Desk Suisse SA. For more than fifteen years he has been CEO of Labor Project srl, a company he founded, which operates in the field of “compliance” and training on Privacy and Legislative Decree 231/01.

    At the head of a team of lawyers and consultants, during these years he has followed private companies and public administrations in compliance with the Italian Privacy Consolidation Act and GDPR. He is DPO of several important multinational companies.
    Speaker in several events on Privacy and Legislative Decree 231/01, lecturer in CAS GDPR and Master in ICT System, Security and Cybercrime at SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland) and author of several books on the (EU) Privacy Regulation.

    Over the years he has obtained national and international certifications for privacy skills such as that of Data Protection Officer (UNI 11697 – CEPAS Certification company of Bureau Veritas Italia SpA) and CIPP|E issued by IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals).


    Philip Di Salvo – Researcher and journalist

    Philip Di Salvo is a post-doc researcher at the Institute of Media and Journalism of the University of Lugano (USI). Here, he does research on whistleblowing, investigative journalism, Internet surveillance and the relationship between journalism and hacking. At USI he teaches journalism at both bachelor and master level. In 2018, Philip obtained a PhD in Communication Sciences from USI Lugano with a thesis on the adoption of online platforms for whistleblowing in journalism. Since 2018, Philip has also taught at Naba – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. As a freelance journalist, Philip writes for Wired, Motherboard/Vice, Esquire and other newspapers, dealing with the social impacts of technology. At USI, he also works as Italian editor of the European Journalism Observatory (Ejo).

    Philip received a Master’s degree in media management from USI in 2012 and a Bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Milan in 2010.

    Clelia Di Serio – Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Italian Switzerland, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan)

    Full Professor of Medical Statistics and Aggregate Epidemiology since January 2020 at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Usi- Università della Svizzera Italiana and in office since 2014 at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele. Former President of the International Biometric Society (Italian section), he is author of more than 120 publications in the medical and neuroscience area in the major international journals, acquiring over the years important positions of international research coordination on medical statistics issues related to the study of prognostic and predictive factors of infectious and chronic diseases. In particular, in recent years he has worked intensively on the theme of the reproducibility of biomedical research and data integrity. He is carrying out an intense research activity on the role of comorbidities and drugs in COVID patients in many data cohorts, with an active and close collaboration with the Cantonal Hospital Authority in the evaluation of the Ticino cohort.

    Christian Garzoni – Infectious Disease Expert, Medical Director of Clinica Luganese

    A doctor and researcher from Ticino, he has a training in internal medicine and infectious diseases. After a clinical training and a period of research at the University of Geneva, he was clinical head at Inselspital Bern and obtained a free teaching post at the University of Bern. Since 2011 he has been working at the Clinica Moncucco as an internist and head of infectious diseases and since 2014 as Health Director. At the same time, he is the owner of a group practice in family medicine. Since the beginning of the COVID emergency, he has been integrated into the General Staff as a specialist in infectious diseases and was medically responsible for the transformation of the Moncucco Clinic into a hospital for the treatment of up to 200 COVID patients. He has authored more than 70 scientific publications in international journals and has several ongoing projects also in the field of COVID virus. Married, he has three children.

    Sang-II Kim – Head of the new Digital Transformation Division of the Federal Office of Public Health

    Sang-II Kim is a physician and computer scientist and has been working in the health information technology sector for over 20 years. After 10 clinical years as a radiologist, he switched to the medical technology industry and worked for many years in various roles in software development. Since 2007 he has held various positions in the eHealth movement in Switzerland and has contributed to the development of the electronic patient dossier (EDP) in Switzerland. He has many years of experience in the context of eHealth, both nationally and internationally, especially in the field of standardisation. Since April 2020 he has headed the new Digital Transformation Division at the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). In this role he is responsible for promoting digitisation within the FOPH and in particular within the Swiss health system as a whole, and for evaluating and contributing to the introduction of new innovative possibilities. Sang-Il Kim is responsible for the new SwissCovid application developed by the Swiss Confederation to support traditional contact tracing.

    Markus Krienke – Professor of Modern Philosophy and Social Ethics at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano

    As professor of Modern Philosophy and Social Ethics at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano, Markus Krienke is committed to a critical conciliation between Christianity and modernity through the updating of Antonio Rosmini’s thought. He is director of the “Cattedra Antonio Rosmini” of the FTL and of the VideoCattedra Rosmini. Invited Professor at the Pontifical University Laternanense, Rome and Lecturer at the Theological Study S. Francesco, Milan, affiliated to the Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Rome, and director of the “La Rosminiana” series. Further scientific and cultural commitments are carried out as a member of the Scientific Council of the “Rivista Rosminiana” and the online magazine “L’Ircocervo”, and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the yearbook “Anthropolica” and the yearbook “Veritas et Jus”. He is also an ordinary member of the Jacques Maritain Study Center, Portogruaro. In Lugano he collaborates with the Christian-Social Organization of Ticino, with the radio and television RSI and with the weekly magazine “Il Caffè”. Since 2013 Krienke has been a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. 

    Patrizia Pesenti – Lawyer, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors Credit Suisse Switzerland

    Patrizia Pesenti holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Zurich and a license as a lawyer in Ticino. After serving as a judge in Lugano, in 1999 she was elected to the State Council of Canton Ticino and re-elected for three terms. From 2011 to 2016 she assumed responsibility for Ringier’s business development, contributing in particular to the transformation into a primarily digital society. As a member of the Steering Committee, she participated in the construction of Digitalswitzerland, an initiative of the largest Swiss companies to promote the growth and development of innovative digital technologies. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Switzerland since 2017, and has been its Vice-Chairman since 2019.
    He also sits on the boards of directors of Rega and the University of Lucerne. He is a member of the steering committee of the Swiss Blockchain Federation, the Sustainable Development Network and the steering committee of the Europäische Akademie für Wissenschaft und Kunst.






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