Dr Stefano De Paoli

Senior Lecturer

School School of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department Division of Sociology

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8446

Biography

I joined Abertay in 2013 as Lecturer in Sociology, becoming a Senior Lecturer in August 2016.  I’m also the Abertay University Security Research Theme Leader.

Previously, I worked at Fondazione Ahref, Italy as a Research Fellow and Team Leader and at Maynooth University in Ireland, as a Post-Doctoral researcher.  I hold a PhD in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento in Italy.

My research interests include digital sociology – for example, reputation and the internet – , Science and Technology Studies and User Research.  I’m currently carrying out social research on Social Innovation, Cybersecurity and e-Participation. I am involved in research projects funded by the H2020 research programme.

My work on reputation and the internet has attracted media attention both in Italy and in the UK and I’ve been interviewed about this on Italian National Radio.

I presently teach on the subjects of Digital Sociology, Cybercrime and Surveillance

RESEARCH SUPERVISION:

I am interested in surpevising dissertations in the following areas:

  • cybercrime
  • surveillance society
  • internet & social media
  • sociology of technology
  • sociology and design

Interests

My current research interests (broadly defined) are:

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Digital Sociology
  • Internet studies

 

Specifically I am currently working on research projects on Social Innovation and User Research in the field of e-Participation. This research is funded by the H2020 research programme. I also am working on social research on Cybersecurity, with funding coming from Abertay University (R-Lincs) and the Scottish Institute for Police Research.

2019

Repositioning CoDesign in the age of platform capitalism

Avram, G., Choi, J. H. j., De Paoli, S., Light, A., Lyle, P. & Teli, M. (2019) Repositioning CoDesign in the age of platform capitalism. . . p. 185-191. .
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Supporting social innovation through visualisations of community interactions

Rough, D., De Paoli, S. & Botto, F. (2019) Supporting social innovation through visualisations of community interactions. In: Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies (C&T 2019). . p. 262-272. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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2018

Creating personas for political and social consciousness in HCI design

Wilson, A. ., De Paoli, S., Forbes, P. & Sachy, M. (2018) Creating personas for political and social consciousness in HCI design. . . p. 25-46. .
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Co-designing for common values

Bassetti, C., Sciannamblo, M., Lyle, P., Teli, M., De Paoli, S. & De Angeli, A. (2018) Co-designing for common values. . . p. 256-271. .
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Learning by gaming

Minniti, S. & De Paoli, S. (2018) Learning by gaming. . . p. 103-120. .
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Reconsidering online reputation systems

Wilson, A. & De Paoli, S. (2018) Reconsidering online reputation systems. In: Proceedings of 16th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: Exploratory Papers. . . European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET).
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On the ethical and political agency of online reputation systems

Wilson, A. & De Paoli, S. (2018) On the ethical and political agency of online reputation systems. . . .
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The engineer-criminologist and "the novelty of cybercrime"

De Paoli, S. (2018) The engineer-criminologist and "the novelty of cybercrime". . . p. 20-37. .
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2017

The ABCD of usability testing

Forbes, P., De Paoli, S. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2017) The ABCD of usability testing. In: Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017). Hall, L. (ed.), Flint, T. (ed.), O'Hara, S. (ed.), Turner, P. (ed.). . BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
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Collaborative economies

Avram, G., Choi, J. H. J., De Paoli, S., Light, A., Lyle, P. & Teli, M. (2017) Collaborative economies. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. . p. 305-307. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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Participatory design, beyond the local

Teli, M., Antoniadis, P., Bassetti, C., De Paoli, S., Apostol, I., Allegretti, G. & Secchi, M. (2017) Participatory design, beyond the local. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. . p. 325-328. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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When situativity meets objectivity in peer-production of knowledge

Mills, R. A. & De Paoli, S. (2017) When situativity meets objectivity in peer-production of knowledge. . . p. 16-33. .
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Not all the bots are created equal

De Paoli, S. (2017) Not all the bots are created equal. . . .
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2016

The raise of the robots in virtual worlds

De Paoli, S. (2016) The raise of the robots in virtual worlds. In: Handbook on 3D3C platforms: applications and tools for three dimensional systems for community, creation and commerce. Sivan, Y. (ed.). p. 59-83. London: Springer.
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WikiRate.org - leveraging collective awareness to understand companies' environmental, social and governance performance

Mills, R., De Paoli, S., Diplaris, S., Gkatziaki, V., Papadopoulos, S., Prasad, S. R., McCutchen, E., Kapadia, V. & Hirche, P. (2016) WikiRate.org - leveraging collective awareness to understand companies' environmental, social and governance performance. In: Internet Science, INSCI2016. Bagnoli, F. (ed.), Satsiou, A. (ed.), Stavrakakis, I. (ed.), Nesi, P. (ed.), Pacini, G. (ed.), Welp, Y. (ed.), Tiropan, T. (ed.), DiFranzo, D. (ed.). p. 74-88. Chambray: Springer.
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‘Probing with the prototype’

Forbes, P. & De Paoli, S. (2016) ‘Probing with the prototype’. In: Electronic Government and Electronic Participation: Joint Proceedings of IFIP EGOV and ePart. Hans Jochen, S. (ed.), Glassey, O. (ed.), Janssen, M. (ed.), Klievink, B. (ed.), Lindgren, I. (ed.), Parycek, P. (ed.), Tambouris, E. (ed.), Wimmer, M. (ed.), Janowsk, T. (ed.), Sá Soares, D. (ed.). p. 11-22. .
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Authenticity by design

De Paoli, S., Ball, L., Coull, N., Isaacs, J., MacDonald, A. & Letham, J. (2016) Authenticity by design. In: Socialbots and their friends: digital media and the automation of sociality. Gehl, R. (ed.), Bakardjieva, M. (ed.). p. 164-186. Abingdon: Routledge.
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2015

Is a Technological Singularity near also for bots in MMOGs?

De Paoli, S. (2015) Is a Technological Singularity near also for bots in MMOGs?. . . .
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2014

Surveillant assemblages of governance in massively multiplayer online games

Kerr, A., De Paoli, S. & Keatinge, M. (2014) Surveillant assemblages of governance in massively multiplayer online games. . . p. 320-336. .
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Roadmap for NIS education programmes in Europe

Berendt, B., De Paoli, S., Laing, C., Fischer-Hübner, S., Catalui, D. & Tirtea, R. (2014) Roadmap for NIS education programmes in Europe. . . . European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).
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2013

Automatic-play and player deskilling in MMORPGs

De Paoli, S. (2013) Automatic-play and player deskilling in MMORPGs. . . .
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2012

On crimes and punishments in virtual worlds

De Paoli, S. & Kerr, A. (2012) On crimes and punishments in virtual worlds. . . p. 73–87. .
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2011

Relationality in geoIT software development

De Paoli, S. & Miscione, G. (2011) Relationality in geoIT software development. . . p. 173-182. .
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Produsage in hybrid networks

De Paoli, S. & Storni, C. (2011) Produsage in hybrid networks. . . p. 31-52. .
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Funding

Recent Funding:

 

Project PIE News (Collective Awareness in Commonfare) Project Nr. 687922

European Commission (Horizon2020). Funding: 190200 Euros

 

Project STEP (Societal engagement of young Europeans in environmental issues / e-participation) Project Nr. 649493

European Commission (Horizon2020). Funding: 201875 Euros

Esteem

Esteem

Invited Talks

 “Come Costruirsi una Reputazione Online. E quali sono le conseguenze per la governante di internet” (How to Build an Online Reputation). Communication at the Internet Governance Forum Italia, 2011. Trento (Italy), 11 November 2011. (Talk on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY0sviMg95Y - in Italian)


“Social Network e Relazioni Sociali” (Social Network and Social Relations). Communication at the Azienda Sanitaria Emilia Romagna, 01 March, 2012.


Social networks and digital media: enhancing local participation. Presentation at OECD Trento as part of the Capacity Building Seminar DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING E-GOVERNMENT POLICIES: THE CASE OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY


De Paoli S. “Reputazione e Manipolazione” (Reputation and its manipulation). Communication at Internet Festival Pisa, 6 Ottobre 2012.

 

Invited papers and international translations

Kerr, A. , De Paoli S. & Keatinge M. (2011) Governance and Participation in Massively Multiplayer Online Games’. Invited paper at the ‘Social Participation and Digital Communities’ track at the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference, Leixlip, Ireland, 12th Oct., 2011.

My paper (with A. Kerr) The Assemblage of Cheating: How to Study Cheating as Imbroglio in MMORPGs. Has been translated in French as  L’agencement de la triche. Aborder la triche dans les MMORPG comme un imbroglio. Réseaux 2012/3 n° 173-174

 

 

Scientific Coordination

Scientific Coordination of the 1st and 2nd Summer School in “Digital Journalism”- August – September 2011 & 2012: http://www.ahref.eu/it/media/comunicati-stampa/ahref-summer-school?set_language=it

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Digital Ethnography Week 2012 http://www.ahref.eu/en/ricerca/education/second-digital-ethnography-week-1?set_language=en

Knowledge Exchange

Social Media Design Work

 

  • Design of the "FactChecking" Reputation System (https://factchecking.civiclinks.it/it/)
  • Design of the Timu platform (citizen journalism platform, https://timu.civiclinks.it/en/ ) following components: User Profile.
  • With E. Bosio - Design of a rating system for a civic media platform. (only prototype stage - no implementation). Work presented as posterat the CHItaly 2013 conference. 

Outreach

Outreach

GR RAI (National Italian Radio News) has interviewed me about reputation and the Internet, during the Pisa Internet Festival 2012.

Ilfattoquotidiano (one of the main Italian Newspaper) has mentioned my work (with Dr. Chiara Broccatelli) on online psychotherapy (2012).

Extended interview on my research for "Digital Ethnography Week" on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/51906157 (in Italian)

Contribution to the design of the wikirate platform: http://wikirate.org

Lead Development of Questions for the ENISA "NIS quiz" - October 2014 Cybersecurity Month: http://cybersecuritymonth.eu/references/quiz-demonstration

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