Samer Hassan (PhD) is an activist and researcher, currently Assistant Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). As a Fellow in the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, he will focus on interdisciplinary research around distributed systems (e.g. blockchain) that may facilitate the sustainability of Commons-based peer production communities and their contributors.
Academically, he has carried out research in distributed systems, social simulation and artificial intelligence from positions in the University of Surrey (UK), the American University of Science & Technology (Lebanon) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), where he did his PhD. Coming from a multidisciplinary background in Computer Science and Social Sciences, he has more than 45 publications in those fields. He has been member of Scientific or Organising Committees of 37 international conferences. He is Principal Investigator of the UCM partner in the current EU-funded FP7 Project on the study of Commons-based peer production communities, aiming to build decentralized software to support their sustainability. His research interests include online collaborative communities, distributed architectures, blockchain applications, FLOSS, Commons-based peer production, agent-based social simulation, social movements & cyberethics.
As an activist, he has been engaged in a wide diversity of grassroots initiatives and communities, both offline (e.g. CSA Tabacalera, Medialab-Prado, OLPC) and online (e.g. Ourproject.org, Kune, Barrapunto, Wikipedia). He co-founded the Comunes Nonprofit and the Move Commons webtool project. Recently, he has been accredited as a grassroots facilitator by the Altekio Cooperative.
He is also passionate about teaching, where he aims to apply a participatory approach inspired by assemblies facilitation. Nowadays he is especially keen on UCM's course on cyber-ethics and law that he co-created.
With Spanish and Lebanese origins, Samer does not believe in monolithic standpoints but in combining different approaches in order to push forward social change... meaning cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary, mixing activism and academia, or theory and practice.