Nicola Greco

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Quick impression on iSchool (World Wide Rome)

Today we were in Rome. Today was a turning point for the Italian education present and future.
I believe today has been a great day. I am talking about “iSchool“, event that has taken place in Rome honored by the presence of a long list of impressive very young Italian talents and the Minister of Education Profumo.

I had a speech. That has been for me a life-experience that I will never forget. I will post the video as soon as it is published. Read the rest of this entry »

TEDx Milan on mathematics of social networks

I am very honored to have taken part in TEDx in Milan and that my reseach (see European Award) has been considered cutting-edge.

Amazing and catching experience. I have never been so excited to explain my research and my works. I gave a 18-mins speech on the importance of content propagation. Read the rest of this entry »

Award from the European Commission

It has been an amazing experience. Few days ago, I was in Copenhagen at the Experimentarium, invited by the European Commission for being one of the finalists for the E-Skills awards. As I explained in my previous topic I passed the European selection for “Excellent research in Digital Technology“.

 

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Finalist in Copenhagen E-Skills Week 2012

I have never participated in an international event or competition outside Italy. I was incredibly surprised and absolutely overjoyed when I received an email from Brussels saying that I have been selected as finalist for Excellent Research by the European Union for the contest E-Skills for students less than 21 years old. This means that on the 30th of March I will be in Copenhagen for the cerimony.

The project I presented is obviously my initial Extended Essay in Mathematics, tutored by my professor David Harris, that during this summer internship in Telecom Italia, tutored by Massimiliano Spaziani, became a concrete piece of software now called BrunoApp. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing is a mutual exchange

PipaFor Italian speakers, WorkingCapital blog published today an article in which I tell my story (in a non-storytelling), highlighting the importance of sharing ideas, knowledge and projects, basically, how the open source fundamentals changed my life from a small petition I started in Italy, until BrunoApp. Enjoy your reading!

Thinking Internationally

Today Working Capital‘s blog (Italian start-up accelerator) published my article. I talked about the importance of “thinking internationally”. I am sorry if it is available in Italian only, but I will probably take some parts and translate them soon. I hope you will enjoy.

Volunia: Is GigaOM reporting news – or just hot air?

Marchiori, VoluniaI am generally a satisfied reader of GigaOM, but not this time, not today. Commenting negatively and publicly a project, a dream of a professor and his students is not admissible, especially if the product is not launched and not tested yet.

The nationality does not matter, we should always be constructive; whether an idea looks promising or not, it represents a dream of someone. Especially in this case, there is more hot air in talking negatively, than in a project that is actually concrete (and done with passion and foresight, I would add). Read the rest of this entry »

The Internet towards the end of freedom

This post is a quote to one of latest Dottorblaster’s blogposts (who actually quotes me again). It is quite scary to realize that social networks are just companies. Even more scary is the post that appeared on Twitter’s blog.

Q: Do you filter out certain Tweets before they appear on Twitter?
A: No. Our users now send a billion Tweets every four days—filtering is neither desirable nor realistic. With this new feature, we are going to be reactive only: that is, we will withhold specific content only when required to do so in response to what we believe to be a valid and applicable legal request.

After the MegaConspiracy, this is the rhetorical question that I can only think about. Is the Internet going towards the end of anarchy?

More than that, what concerns me is the idea that IF an extremist would come to power and decide what to censor or not, that will not be the end of anarchy, but the end of freedom. Decentralisation is what we need, now.

Megaupload closes today. The end of the Mega conspiracy and the Internet Anarchy

Unlimited access megauploadI read on an Italian blog that MegaUpload, MegaVideo and family are now closed. It was worth 175 million dollars and ranked as the 13th most visited website in the World.

Here is the FBI press release website (which is currently veeeery slow).

The Internet counts now hundreds and hundreds of websites offering similar services. This is the first, but not the last and therefore a clear evidence that we are going towards the end of the Internet anarchy.
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The power of knowledge, once again

Here is what appears on Wikipedia.

This already happened in Italy. However, in Italy it closed only for few days without much success and much coherence.