Alessandro Polidoro

Attorney at law,
Digital rights advocate
& Tech lawyer
Alessandro Polidoro

TECH AND CRIMINAL LAWYER, DIGITAL RIGHTS ADVOCATE

WITH A GREAT PASSION FOR LEGAL CYBERNETICS, GLOBAL ISSUES AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Alessandro Polidoro is an attorney at law experienced in tech law and digital forensics, with a strong dedication to advocacy and strategic litigation in the field of digital rights where he works closely with many civil society groups, activists and hackers. His professional expertise revolves around the creation and implementation of new policy for the digital world fostering pluralism and decentralization.

He and he is currently affiliated with the foundation Cyber Rights Organization where he operates as Senior Advocacy Officer. He also collaborates with the law-tech firms The Start-Up Lawyers in Berlin and Tre14 in Milan being responsible for cases pertaining to data protection law, cybercrimes and the safeguard of workers’ rights. Core activity of his work is offering legal protection against hate crimes and gender-based violence, particularly with regard to image-based sexual abuse.

In collaboration with other digital rights activists, he launched the strategic litigation campaign #StopDataPorn having the role of Lead Attorney. The aim of this initiative is to address the systemic violation of data protection law within the porn industry and it was made possible thanks to the support of Reset and Digital Freedom Fund. He also coordinated the advocacy campaign that urged the European Commission to enforce the Digital Services Act (DSA) in this sector pushing for the designation of major porn tech-giants as Very Large Online Platforms, successfully obtained in December 2023.

Alessandro has been the Head of Legal of Tracking Exposed, now rebranded into Ai Forensics, a non-profit organization focused on algorithmic auditing and platform accountability, where he coordinated several projects in partnership with stakeholders coming from both public and private sector.

He has contributed as legal expert to the Data Knowledge Hub, a community created within the project Upgrade Democracy that aims to provide a central resource for monitoring social media platforms and online discourse, thanks to the support of Bertelsmann Stiftung. He has also been a component of the Legal Advisory Board for the project Algocount focused on the influence of algorithms over public opinion, made possible thanks to the support of Fondazione Cariplo.

Previously, he has been part of the campaign #intimitàviolata that led to the criminalization of non-consensual dissemination of intimate images, so called NCII, in Italy with the introduction of Article 612 ter to the Italian Criminal Code.

In the field of legal cybernetics, Alessandro has partaken in several research projects envisioning how digital technology can empower non-hierarchical societal frameworks and horizontal decision-making processes. This area of study is one of the most challenging as it aims to bridge the gap between law and information technology, promoting change for the organizational models of our society through means like federated networks and distributed ledger technology.

Trusted By

International Labour Organization
Reset.
European Trade Union Institute
Aspiration
Digital Freedom Fund
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Talks and Lectures

Re-publica

Re:publica

Berlin | May 2024
A new era of CyberLove: reimagining porn platforms regulation
BKC at Harvard University

Berkman Klein Center for internet & society at Harvard University

Remote | May 2024
Bottom-up regulation of the adult entertainment industry
CPDP

Computer, privacy and data protection (CPDP)

Brussels | May 2024
How to hack dating apps creating social change
Inhope/Insafe

Better internet for kids (inhope/insafe)

Warsaw | April 2024
Dealing with adult content online: problems and solutions
Yale University

Yale university

Remote | April 2024
Gendered disinformation and digital rights
Chaos Communication Congress

Chaos Communication Congress

Hamburg | December 2023
Pornography feels better without tech-giants!
State of Privacy

State of Privacy

Roma | September 2023

Privacy and human rights

Chaos Communication Camp

Chaos Communication Camp

Mildenberg | August 2023

#StopDataPorn: protect your sexual preferences from algorithmic abuse

Reclaim the Tech

Reclaim The Tech

Bologna | May 2023

Privacy e autodifesa digitale: advocacy e alternative dal basso

Mozilla Festival

Mozfest

Remote | March 2023

Exposing how Pornhub abuses personal data of its users

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europre

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Vienna | December 2022

Spotlight on AI and freedom of expression: datafication of our lives

Milano Digital Week

Milano Digital Week

Milano | October 2022

La responsabilità degli algoritmi. Tra sociologia, software e diritto

RomHack

RomHack

Roma | September 2022
How porn platforms abuse personal data of their users
Hackers of Planet Earth

Hope (hackers on planet earth)

New York City | July 2022

Porn platforms hate them for exposing their mischief with these two weird tricks

RightsCon

RightsCon

Remote | June 2022

Unveiling how porn platforms abuse personal data with Tracking Exposed and GDPR

Ordine dei Giornalisti della Lombardia

Ordine dei Giornalisti della Lombardia

Milano | October 2019

Revenge porn: gli aspetti sociali, tecnici e giuridici

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Napoli | April 2017
I principi dell’Open Source technology