Lorena Volpini is a social scientist, specialized in Big Data Analytics, with an interdisciplinary background. She graduated in Comparative Law at University of Florence and holds a PhD in Anthropology at Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Lorena began her career in development cooperation in East Africa and then moved to Brazil, where she lived and worked for 12 years. In her diversified career, she served national and international organizations both in the public and the third sector. Her research focused mainly on fundamental rights and citizenship rights. She taught anthropology, sociology and human rights. Her main research interests have concerned processes of social and cultural change, citizenship and grassroots collective action as a drive of democratization. Her current work revolves around the social impact of emerging technologies and related ethics challenges. She actively supports citizenship science and data literacy initiatives.