Franco Accordino is the Head of the Task Force “Digital Futures” within the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.
Digital Futures is a foresight embracing grassroots stakeholder engagement approaches to co-create long-term visions and generate ideas to inform the policy reflections around the renewal of the European Parliament and the Commission in 2014. Franco has designed the policy making 3.0 model adopted by Digital Futures and reflected in the online engagement platform Futurium (www.futurium.eu).
Franco joined the European Commission in 2001 working as scientific officer and then as Director's Assistant, mainly on the development of visions and strategies for future ICT, with particular focus on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), e-Infrastructures, supercomputers, grid and clouds computing, Future Internet, ICT trust and security and facilities for research and experimentation.
Before joining the European Commission, Franco worked at the ETHZ/CSCS National Supercomputing Centre of Switzerland, at Consorzio Pisa Ricerche and at the National Research Council of Italy where he conducted research on formal methods, languages and tools for concurrent systems and protocol specification.
He has a long-standing experience in several information technology fields, including formal methods and software engineering, grid and distributed systems, operating systems, interactive web-based applications and services and knowledge discovery in databases.