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Anna Picco Schwendener


Anna Picco-Schwendener is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and a scientific collaborator at USI’s eLearning Lab ( She got a PhD in Communication Sciences with a thesis on “Social Dimensions of Public Large-Scale Wi-Fi Networks: The Cases of a Municipal and a Community Wireless Network".

Her research focuses on municipal and community wireless networks, usage practices, motivations, usage of public large-scale Wi-Fi networks, eLearning, eGovernment and digital law aspects.

She is currently in charge of the project CCdigitallaw (, which aims at building up a competence center in digital law for Swiss Higher Education Institutions and further collaborates as teaching assistant for the courses Online Communication Design and Digital Fashion Communication: An Introduction.

In the past she participated in various other research projects within USI’s eLab and NewMinE Lab ( Examples are the DICE project (, OIKONET ( or Mobile-Uni App project. She grew up in the German speaking part of Switzerland 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, being in charge of the company’s Intranet.