Terra Incognita Meetings

iBuddy: raising privacy awareness with a wow-effect

by Anna Picco-Schwendener (Università della Svizzera italiana), Luca Botturi, Silvia Giordano




While we all know that personal data are in danger online, we seldom take action to make our use of the internet more secure - this is known as the privacy paradox. iBuddy is a system designed to support a game-based group simulation that triggers wonder and questions about how personal data are captured, stored and used in online services. Coupled with original animation videoclips and class activities, iBuddy can be used for meaningful and effective sessions on privacy with both secondary and tertiary education students, covering technical, economical and legal aspects (see learning materials on protectoyourdata.ch).
Luca Botturi (SUPSI), Silvia Giordano (SUPSI) and Anna Picco-Schwendener (USI) are iBuddy/MAPAW project leaders.

Contributed links from Stefan Lueders, CERN Computer Security Officer:

CERN Security Training and Campaigns


An addictive revelation!


Speakers' bio:

Luca Botturi holds a PhD in Communication sciences from the University of Lugano. He worked in field and research projects in educational technologies in Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Spain and the United States of America. He is currently Professor in Media in education at the Teacher Education University at Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana in Locarno.

Silvia Giordano, Ph.D. from EPFL, is at SUPSI University in Lugano since 2003. She is  the head of the Complex Networks and Pervasive Computing group of the Institute of Networking and Information Systems, head of the Complex Systems research Area in SUPSI and direction member of the SUPSI Strategic Research Group. She is an associate researcher at CNR, and Distinguished Professor of the University of Tianjin. Her current main research interests include Complex and Social Networking, Human Mobility and Privacy, Pervasive Computing and Networking, and Industry4.0. She is chair of IFIP WG 6.3, ACM Distinguished Scientist 2014, ACM Star in Computer Networking and Communications 2017, and ACM Distinguished Members Committee chair 2022, and in the steering committee of several conferences in the networking area.

Anna Picco-Schwendener, PhD., is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and a scientific collaborator at USI’s eLearning Lab within which she is in charge of the Competence Centre in Digital Law (www.ccdigitallaw.ch<http://www.ccdigitallaw.ch>). Furthermore, she is part of the operative unit of the Lugano Living Lab (https://luganolivinglab.ch).

Organized by

Maria Dimou