Samer Hassan

Samer Hassan

Faculty Associate in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Samer Hassan (PhD) is an activist and researcher, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (Harvard University) and Associate Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Focused on decentralized collaboration, he was awarded a 1.5M€ ERC grant for the P2P Models project, to build blockchain-based democratic and economically sustainable organizations for the collaborative economy. 


Coming from a multidisciplinary background in Computer Science and Social Sciences, he has 50+ publications in those fields (H-index=20). He has carried out research in decentralized technology, P2P communities, distributed systems, social simulation and artificial intelligence, from positions in the University of Surrey (UK), the American University of Science & Technology (Lebanon), his alma mater Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), and Harvard University, in which he is affiliated since 2015. In the EU-funded P2Pvalue project, he coordinated building decentralized free/open source web-tools for collaborative communities, such as SwellRT


As an activist, he's an accredited grassroots facilitator and has experience in multiple communities and grassroots initiatives, both offline (e.g. CSA Tabacalera, Medialab-Prado, OLPC) and online (e.g. Barrapunto,, Wikipedia). 


He is also passionate about teaching, where he applies a participatory approach inspired by assembly 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.


His research interests include the Collaborative Economy, Commons-based peer production, decentralized architectures, blockchain-based Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, online communities, grassroots social movements & cyberethics.

Follow Samer on Twitter: @samerP2P


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