Vittorio Bertola: Profile
Vittorio Bertola, from Turin, Italy, born in 1974, holds a degree cum laude in Electronical Engineering obtained at Politecnico di Torino. He deals with the Internet in all its aspects, including technical, business, social and political matters, as an entrepreneur, writer, activist and engineer.
He presently works for Open-Xchange, a global leader in free software applications supporting the Internet's infrastructure, where he takes care of research and innovation activities, leading projects to invent and develop new products; he also coordinates the company's policy and community activities. Previously, he worked as freelance consultant in policy and technical projects; he has been a founder of Quotidiano Piemontese, a local online news service; Associate Partner in The Innovation Group, a "boutique consulting" company for top managers; a founding partner in Dynamic Fun, a company leading innovation in Italy in corporate processes through the use of wireless and Internet technologies, and in Glomera, an Internet television platform. He was previously one of the promoters of Vitaminic, one of the most successful "dot com" companies in Italy, as its Vice President for Technology, a position he held since the foundation of the company through its multinational growth and IPO in Milan's Nuovo Mercato. He previously worked for Omnitel (now Vodafone Italy) and for Politecnico di Torino, where, as a student, he was an elected Board Member.
He is often busy as a conference speaker, a blogger and a writer for Italian newsletters and magazines. He has been dealing for a decade with Internet policies at the national and international level; he was a member of the United Nations' Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), appointed by the UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan, and of the Internet Governance Consulting Committee of the Italian government, attending the second World Summit on Information Society and the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as member of the Italian delegation. In the IGF, after being one of the key figures in its conception, he co-founded and co-coordinated the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus, and he led the Dynamic Coalition on the Internet Bill of Rights; he is one of the founders of the Italian IGF. He represented the global Internet users in the Board of ICANN, the global policy making entity for Internet domain names. He has been serving for six years on the Council of Società Internet, the Italian chapter of the Internet Society, and was the Vice-Chair of the European Coordinating Council of the Internet Society; he has been a member of the policy boards of top level domain names (.it, .mobi). He has also co-founded NNSquad Italia, the Italian branch of the global network neutrality campaign. Over the last twenty years, he has been the author of several papers and the promoter of a number of online initiatives, which made him a well known figure on the Italian and global Internet.
In Turin, a town of about one million people, he served for a term (2011-16) as Town Councillor and spokesperson for Movimento 5 Stelle, when it was an independent movement promoting participatory democracy in Italian politics; he broke all records for political activity in the council. In 2009 he was the candidate to the post of President of the Province of Turin; in 2010 he was a candidate to the Region's Council, the second most voted in Turin and surroundings, gathering 1'375 personal votes; in 2011 he was a candidate as Mayor of Turin, the third most voted, with over 22.400 votes (around 5%).