Primavera de Filippi


primaveraPrimavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. She is a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is investigating the concept of governance-by-design as it relates to distributed online architectures. Most of her research focuses on the legal challenges raised, and faced by emergent decentralized technologies —such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain-based applications —and how these technologies could be used to design new governance models capable of supporting large-scale decentralized collaboration and more participatory decision-making.

Primavera holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. She is a former member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & IT Services and a current member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum. Primavera is the founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalition on Blockchain technologies (, network neutrality, and platform responsibility.

In addition to her academic career, Primavera acts as a legal expert for Creative Commons France  and she sits on the stakeholder board of the P2P Foundation. She is the co-founder of Backfeed (, an initiative aimed at developing the foundational tools for distributed blockchain-based applications, and one of the main initiator behind the Okhaos artistic collective ( with whom she produces interactive works released under open licenses.

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