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Anna Berti Suman

Anna Berti Suman
The European Commission Joint Research Centre · Digital Economy Unit

Doctor of Philosophy in Law

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Introduction
Anna Berti Suman is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie and former Dutch Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the European Commission Joint Research Centre. She is principal researcher of the project "SensJus" aimed at researching the potential of civic monitoring of environmental issues as a source of evidence for environmental litigation and as a tool to foster environmental mediation. Anna obtained her PhD in 2020 after a four-years trajectory at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology & Society.

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The SensJus project launched a short graphic novel recounting the story of a civic sentinel, which tells the struggle of many and a lesson of hope. The story begins in a land, afflicted by oil extraction. A reality made of silent contamination, of official data that hide the truth, and of unheard complaints. On this landscape of unspoken or inacces...
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On 12 and 13 October 2021, the SensJus project convened a workshop on Health-Citizen Science Dilemmas under the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR), at the Brocher Foundation, Geneva. The page of the event is available at https://www.brocher.ch/fr/events/417/health-citizen-science-dilemmas-under-the-gdpr. The workshop explored the...
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Together with a Brazilian artist, we have created visual and quite simplified informed consents for research participants that will be engaged in the SensJus project, such as fisherwomen, farmers, breeders, in short, people who might have difficulty with traditional consent forms in 'legalese'. All forms and images can be found at https://sensingf...
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The Basilicata Region (Southern Italy) is a European hub for oil extraction. Complex interests over time have stimulated poor extraction practices, affecting the environment and the health of residents. For years, the people have complained about environmental contamination and human illnesses. Some inhabitants started carrying out 'civic monitorin...
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ICTs, personal data, digital rights, the GDPR, data privacy, online security… these terms, and the concepts behind them, are increasingly common in our lives. Some of us may be familiar with them, but others are less aware of the growing role of ICTs and data in our lives - and the potential risks this creates. These risks are even more pronounced...
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In June 2019, a landmark court decision (San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper, et al. v. Formosa Plastics Corporation, et al., hereafter referred to as the Formosa ruling) was issued in Texas, where a judge found a petrochemical company liable for violating the United States Clean Water Act. The case—initiated by a civic group—was mostly built on...
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Domestic wastewater reuse in agriculture is often discussed as a way to tackle water scarcity in Europe. Europe could learn from the examples of other countries that are already successfully implementing wastewater reuse, especially in the Mediterranean. However, the potential of the practice is currently unfulfilled mainly due to social and legal...
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‘Citizen sensing’, grassroots-driven environmental monitoring, could revolutionize environmental risk governance and decision-making. Yet, citizen sensing is far from being accepted by governmental authorities. This contribution explores the environmental law doctrine and legislation for a possible legal basis on which the ‘sensing citizens’ could...
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In this article, we investigate how citizens use data they gather as a rhetorical resource for demanding environmental policy interventions and advancing environmental justice claims. While producing citizen-generated data (CGD) can be regarded as a form of ‘social protest’, citizens and interested institutional actors still have to ‘justify’ the r...
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The aim of this workshop was to ask potential end-users of the citizens’ information pack on legal and ethical issues around ICTs (i.e. citizens and citizens’ groups) the following questions: What is your knowledge of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and what actions have you taken in response to these regulations? What challenge...
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The article examines four models of data governance emerging in the current platform society. While major attention is currently given to the dominant model of corporate platforms collecting and economically exploiting massive amounts of personal data, other actors, such as small businesses, public bodies and civic society, take also part in data g...
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Residents of the twenty-first century’s city are often confronted with challenges to their health and wellbeing deriving from, among others, environmental health risks. Urban actors tend to respond to risk through various innovative solutions when they are in a situation of stress or shock. An emerging practice, i.e. ‘Citizen Sensing’, shows that t...
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Today we are witnessing an increased use of data visualization in society. Across domains such as work, education and the news, various forms of graphs, charts and maps are used to explain, convince and tell stories. In an era in which more and more data are produced and circulated digitally, and digital tools make visualization production increasi...
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Internet of Things, Internet of Everything and Internet of People are concepts suggesting that objects, devices, and people will be increasingly interconnected through digital infrastructure that will generate a growing gathering of data. Parallel to this development is the celebration of the smart city and sharing city as urban policy visions that...
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A multilateral approach to the governance of environmental health risk could be regarded as a possible response to the complexity of current risk problems. Such multilateral governance is deemed advisable in consideration of the need to achieve an adaptive risk management approach and establish a dialogue among the stakeholders involved in or affec...
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Can grassroots-driven citizen sensing initiatives triggered by distrust contribute to risk problem-solving? The article inspects such a potential in the field of risks to public health represented by noise pollution. After a conceptual reflection, the Amsterdam Schiphol and the London Heathrow airports’ noise monitoring cases are compared. We inqui...
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Internet of Things, Internet of Everything and Internet of People are concepts suggesting that objects, devices and people will be increasingly interconnected through digital infrastructure that will generate a growing gathering of data. Parallel to this is the celebration of the smart city and sharing city as urban policy visions that by relying h...
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Increasingly, non-expert users engage with technology applications to collect data about their external environment or their own physical conditions. The practice is labelled ‘Citizen Science’, meaning participatory initiatives aimed at including laymen in knowledge production regarding complex issues, such as environmental health risks (e.g. radia...
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Present discussions on the implications of the GDPR for medical practice and health research mostly target the passive collection of health data. This article shifts the lens of analysis to the scarcely researched and rather different phenomenon of the active sharing of health data within the framework of Citizen Science projects. Starting from thi...
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This contribution analyses the promises and challenges of using bottom-up produced sensors data to manage public-health risks in the (smart) city. The article criticizes traditional ways of governing public-health risks with the aim to inspect the contribution that a sensor-based risk governance may bring to the fore. The failures of the top-down m...
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This monograph investigates the development of the right to water (RtW) and of water law in the Latin American context. Specifically, it examines the significance of Latin American ( la ) constitutional evolution, doctrine, and jurisprudential contribution in stimulating the social, political, and economic debate on the RtW, regionally and worldwid...
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This contribution analyses how citizen sensing initiatives can contribute to or, contrarily, hinder the governance of certain or uncertain public health risks. It draws on the example of the Schiphol Airport case, where citizens developed a bottom-up system for tracking and reporting noise after the Dutch Minister of Transport, Public Works and Wat...

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My PhD project focuses on grassroots-initiated monitoring practices based on the use of sensors and data visualization (so-called ‘Citizen Sensing’) and their potential contribution to make the handling of environmental risks to public health more accountable, especially in cases of unbalances between the affected communities and the responsible actors. The ultimate aim of my research is to investigate whether Citizen Sensing can improve institutional risk governance by forcing the institutional stakeholders to ‘listen’ to the people. One of my case study is the Fukushima disaster and the response by the affected people through the Safecast Citizen Sensing platform.