The International Advisory Panel


Mizuko Ito

is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, and is Professor in Residence, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, and the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine.
She led a three-year collaborative ethnographic study, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, examining youth new media practices in the US, and focusing on gaming, digital media production, and Internet use.
The findings of this project are reported in Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Youth Living and Learning with New Media. She is currently engaged in new research examining civic and learning outcomes of new media participation. Her other books include Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software, Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life, and Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World.



Richard Ling

(PhD, University of Colorado in 1984) has focused his work on the social consequences of mobile communication. He is a professor at the IT University of Copenhagen and at works at Telenor near Oslo, Norway. He has also been the Pohs visiting professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has led projects in Norway and participated in projects at the European level. He is the author of the book: New Tech, New Ties (MIT). 
He is also the author of a book on the social consequences of mobile telephony entitled The Mobile Connection (Morgan Kaufmann) and along with Jonathan Donner he has written the book Mobile Phones and Mobile Communication. He is a founding editor of the Sage journal Mobile Media and Communication, along with Scott Campbell he is the editor of The Mobile Communication Research Series and he is an associate editor for The Information Society as well as Information Technology and International Development and Norsk Medietidsskrift.



Sonia Livingstone

is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, is author/editor of fourteen books and many academic articles on media audiences, children and the internet, media regulation, domestic contexts of media use and media literacy. Sonia Livingstone directs a 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC’s Safer Internet Programme.
She also directs The Class, as part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network. She participates in the European COST network, Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, and leads the Children, Youth and Media group for ECREA. She serves on the Executive Board of the UK Council of Child Internet Safety.
She has, at various times, served on the Department of Education’s Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children, Ofcom’s Media Literacy Research Forum, and the boards of Voice of the Listener and Viewer and the Internet Watch Foundation.
She has advised Ofcom, Department for Education, Home Office, Economic and Social Research Council, BBC, The Byron Review on children’s online risk, and Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Charo Sabada

Charo Sàdaba

PhD, is Vice Dean of the School of Communication at the University of Navarra, where she also teaches Interactive and Direct Marketing to undergraduate and graduate students. Since 2001 she has been involved in qualitative and quantitative research projects on the impact of ICTs on youth with an international scope. In addition to several journal articles and chapters, she is coauthor of “The Interactive Generation in Iberoamerica”, two reports (2008 and 2010) that reflect the state of the art of ICTs adoption amongst minors in 8 Latin American countries.

She published recently the study “Minors and Social Networking Sites in Spain” (2011), and some books and materials for parents and educators about this particular subject. She was member of the COST Action A20 on the impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe, where she also acted as vice-chair.


Cristiana De Paoli

(Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Milan Polytechnic); Position: Head of Unit – Young People an New Media at Save the Children Italia. She responsible for the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of programmes, including project planning, submission of proposals and contract management.
She has seven years of experience in managing European projects co-funded by the European Commission (EC) under the Safer Internet programme: Previous Project Management experiences on Socrates Minerva e-learning projects.
She has experience of working in the Engineering agencies dealing with environmental issues and in TIM Telecom Italia Mobile, the main Mobile Phone industry in Italy. She is a speaker in seminars and conferences as the SCI representative.