Primavera De Filippi CNRS / Harvard Law

Primavera De Filippi is a postdoctoral researcher at the CERSA / CNRS / Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). She is currently a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is investigating the legal challenges of “governance-by-design” in online distibuted architectures, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum etc.

Primavera pursued her research – over the past 10 years – in several countries (such as Italy, France, UK, South Korea and the U.S.) with a view to investigate the impact of the Internet and digital technologies on the development of culture and innovation.

After obtaining a master’s Degree at the Bocconi University of Milan, where she analysed the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems for the online distribution of digital content, she enrolled into a second master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary University of London to further investigate the legal implications of DRM technologies. Primavera also holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where she has been exploring the legal challenges of copyright law in the digital environment, with special attention to the corresponding strengths and limitations of private ordering. During these years, she spent two months at the University of Buffalo in New York and one year as a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, where she worked with internationally renowned IP scholars such as Pamela Samuelson, Molly Van Houweling, Jason Schultz and Suzanne Scotchmer.

Primavera is presently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), working on a research project funded by the European Commission ( which aims to analyse the legal challenges raised (and faced) by online commons-based peer-production (CBPP) platforms. She is also a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is exploring the concept of “governance by design” in online distributed architectures, as governance rules and community norms are increasing dictated by the technical infrastructures subtending online platforms.