Simone is a doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), with Prof. Niels Van Dijk and Paul de Hert as promoters. His PhD work focuses on the intersection of law and institutionalized ethics in the context of data protection and AI, combining a traditional legal analysis with STS perspectives and scrutinizing the discourses and institutions underpinning EU initiatives on AI ethics, including policy, regulation, and industry-driven standardization efforts.
At LSTS, he is involved in the VUB’s ALTEP-DP research program, which inquires into the continuously evolving articulations of law, technology, ethics, and politics, searching for a better understanding of the boundaries that separate them, and that they create and sustain. He is also a member of the Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments (d.pia.lab) and Treasurer of the Belgian Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (B-IVR). His research interests are in philosophy of technology, the intersection between law and Science and Technology Studies (STS), legal philosophy and impact assessments.
His background is in philosophy of technology and STS. In 2016 he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the University “Vita-Salute San Raffaele” in Milan (cum laude), where he combined his interests in bioethics with neuroscience and psychology. In 2018 he got his Masters of Science in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Twente, the Netherlands (cum laude). In particular, he specialized in surveillance technologies and privacy with a thesis on biometrics, identity management and the philosophy of personal identity.