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Samer Hassan

Samer Hassan is an activist and researcher, currently Associate Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). As a Berkman Fellow, he focuses on interdisciplinary research around decentralized collaboration i.e. decentralized systems (e.g. blockchain) that may facilitate the sustainability of Commons-based peer production communities.

Academically, he has carried out research in decentralized systems, social simulation and artificial intelligence from positions in the University of Surrey (UK), the American University of Science & Technology (Lebanon) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), where he did his PhD. Coming from a multidisciplinary background in Computer Science and Social Sciences, he has more than 50 publications in those fields. He has been member of Scientific or Organising Committees of 40+ international conferences. He is Principal Investigator of the UCM partner in the current EU-funded P2Pvalue project on building decentralized web-tools for collaborative communities and social movements (TeemSwellRT). His research interests include online collaborative communities, decentralized architectures, blockchain-based decentralized autonomous organizations, free/libre/open source software, Commons-based peer production, agent-based social simulation, social movements & cyberethics. For his full academic profile, you may check out

As an activist, he has been engaged in a wide diversity of grassroots initiatives and communities, both offline (e.g. CSA Tabacalera, Medialab-Prado, OLPC) and online (, Barrapunto, Wikipedia). He co-founded the Comunes Nonprofit and the Move Commons webtool project. Recently, he has been accredited as a grassroots facilitator by the Altekio Cooperative.

He is also passionate about teaching, aiming to apply a participatory approach inspired by assemblies facilitation. Nowadays he is especially keen on UCM's course on cyber-ethics and law that he co-created.

With Spanish and Lebanese origins, Samer does not believe in monolithic standpoints but in combining different approaches in order to push forward social change... meaning cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary, mixing activism and academia, or theory and practice. You may see his random thoughts and concerns in his blog or Twitter


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… More