Samuele Fratini

University of Padua, Italy

I am a PhD student at the University of Padua, where I am also member in the Pa.S.T.I.S. research group, and the USI (Università della Svizzera Italiana) in Lugano. I am mainly committed with the social studies on platform power and infrastructuralization with an STS approach. More precisely, my project deals with mobile instant messaging (MIM) applications from an evolutionary point of view, a subject which has been particularly neglected compared with other generalist social media, although messaging practices account for three times the amount of time devoted to online passive content exposure. This provides a fruitful and underexplored locus for the study of data privacy and surveillance by infrastructure. Furthermore, I am involved in a Europe-wide project focusing on the digital communication of Italian politicians during the 2022 political elections directed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am also research assistant in the European Youth Think Tank, dealing with more socio-economic topics. Before all of that, during my Master degree at the University of Milan, I was deeply committed with many digital society related issues, e.g., the effects of platformization and datafication on public opinion, journalism, healthcare and other societal sectors. My final thesis analyzed the communication orders established by the USA and China in the construction of their national digital environment as a hybrid and complex process. Finally, I also publish articles on geopolitical arguments: my interests are varied, but still united by the commitment to the analysis of power oriented to policy-making.