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Anna Picco Schwendener


Anna Picco-Schwendener is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), supervised by Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni. Her research currently focuses on municipal and community wireless networks, motivations, usage of public large-scale Wi-Fi networks, eLearning and digital copyright for eLearning.

She raised up in the German speaking part of Switzerland (Zürich and Zug) and graduated with a degree in Communication Sciences with a major in Communication Technologies from the Università della Svizzera italiana. After her degree she worked for several years in the communication and IT field of an important steel trading company (Duferco SA) in Lugano.

Currently she works for the eLab, USI’s eLearning Lab ( where, among others, she is involved in the CCdigitallaw project (, which aims at building up a competence center in digital law for Swiss Higher Education. Previously she participated in various other research projects within USI’s eLab and NewMinE Lab ( Examples are the DICE project (, OIKONET ( or Mobile-Uni App.