PhD student in Law, Science and Technology (since Nov 2019).
MSc in Information Science for Management, University of Bologna (2019).
BSc in Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Palermo (2017).
Born in Palermo, Sicily (1995).

I am a Doctoral Researcher in the Law, Science, and Technology Joint Doctorate - Rights of Internet of Everything, a Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

My PhD thesis title is:
''Decentralized Systems for the Protection and Portability of Personal Data''.

The right to protect personal data is currently one of the most controversial topics arising from the proliferation of data abuse scandals involving the world's largest companies. The economics of exploiting personal information is assisted by the more pervasive nature of today's digital world. This information enables organizations to provide personalized or more useful services in digital and physical spaces, but it could also have potentially damaging consequences for the privacy and autonomy of users and for society at large.

The overall goal of my research is to investigate methodologies and design systems that direct the control of the flow of personal data to individuals through disintermediation. I consider personal data management by approaching new paradigms based on disintermediation and autonomous identity management, referring to the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. The main goal is to decentralize data custody, authorization mechanisms and control of personal data flow through a system that prioritizes user security, privacy and self-empowerment.


Selected Publications

[J2] Zichichi Mirko, Luca Serena, Ferretti Stefano, D'Angelo Gabriele,
Complex queries over decentralised systems for geodata retrieval, IET Networks, Wiley. March 2022.
[C9] Zichichi Mirko, Ferretti Stefano, D'Angelo Gabriele, Victor Rodríguez-Doncel,
Personal Data Access Control Through Distributed Authorization, in Proc. of the 2020 IEEE 19th International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications (NCA). November 2020, Boston, MA, USA (pp. 1-4).
[J1] Zichichi Mirko, Ferretti Stefano, D'Angelo Gabriele,
A Framework based on Distributed Ledger Technologies for Data Management and Services in Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Access, IEEE. May 2020. (pp. 100384 - 100402).


Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial (DIA) - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
ETS de Ingenieros Informáticos (ETSIINF) - Campus de Montegancedo s/n
Boadilla del Monte (Comunidad de Madrid), 28660, España