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Samer Hassan (he/they) is a Spanish/Lebanese activist and researcher, currently Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center, and Associate Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). His research revolves around decentralized collaboration, combining Computer Science and Social Sciences. He was awarded EU's largest individual research grant, a 1.5M€ funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project P2P Models. He leads a multidisciplinary team aiming to facilitate a commons-oriented Collaborative Economy. Under this umbrella, they build free/open source prototypes relying on decentralized tech (e.g. fediverse, web3 / blockchain), employ qualitative and quantitative methods to co-design experiments with co-ops and communities (e.g. Amara,, apply data science to study existing phenomena (e.g. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations), and explore innovative forms of cooperative governance. 

Samer led the team building the framework for federate apps SwellRT, adopted by the Apache Foundation. Beyond academia, he has been a grassroots organizer in a diverse array of initiatives both online and offline. He enjoys applying grassroots facilitation methods to teaching his course on cyber-ethics.



A Categorization of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations: The Case of the Aragon Platform

Andrea Peña-Calvin, Jorge Saldivar, Javier Arroyo, and Samer Hassan provide insights on decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).

Aug 14, 2023
The Life Itself Podcast

Samer Hassan & Rufus Pollock on Decentralization, Platform Monopolies and Web3 | Making Sense of Crypto and Web3

In this episode of our Making Sense of Crypto and Web3 series, we talk with blockchain researcher and expert Samer Hassan.

Jul 18, 2022
Policy and Society

Blockchain-based application at a governmental level: disruption or illusion? The case of Estonia

BKC Faculty Associate Samer Hassan writes about the Estonian government’s applications of blockchain technology.

Apr 12, 2022
The Blockchain Socialist

Decentralizing Power and Value with P2P Models

Samer Hassan shows how blockchain technology can create collaborative economies.

Jun 20, 2021

Blockchain for Social Good: A Field in Expansion

Samer Hassan provides an overview of P2P Models’ involvement in a recent EU report

Apr 21, 2021
Internet Policy Review

Decentralized Autonomous Organization

Samer Hassan and Primavera De Filippi attempt to clarify "What is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization"

Apr 20, 2021
The Reboot

Toward a Digital Economy That’s Truly Collaborative, Not Exploitative

Overcoming the flaws of an internet controlled by a few major players will enable web services that are more democratic and fair, Samer Hassan says.

Dec 8, 2020
Open Access Government

Distributed technologies to bootstrap the sharing economy

Professor Samer Hassan explores how blockchain has the potential to help sharing economy projects to overcome several challenges they face at infrastructure, governance and…

Dec 20, 2018
Digital HKS

Can Blockchain Facilitate the Governance of Commons-oriented Communities?

A conversation with Berkman Klein Center Faculty Associate Samer Hassan

Hassan thinks of the blockchain within the context of how we use it to manage trust in large, decentralized communities.

Dec 5, 2018


Oct 4, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Translating Research into Online Tools to Increase Participation in Collaborative Communities

with Berkman Klein Fellow Samer Hassan

How can we translate social research into evidence-based interventions to aid collaborative communities? Which online tools would help reducing the invisible wall between…