Dr. Philip Di Salvo

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Dr. Philip Di Salvo is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Media and Communications Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Philip’s main research interests are investigative journalism, Internet surveillance and the relationship between journalism and hacking. Previously, he was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)’s Department of Media and Communications (2021-2022) and he held different research and teaching positions at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)’s Institute of Media and Journalism (2012-2021).

Philip received his PhD in Communication Sciences from USI with a dissertation about the adoption of encrypted whistleblowing platforms in journalism in the summer of 2018. Philip has also worked as a Lecturer at NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy (2018-2020). As a freelance journalist, Philip writes for Wired, Motherboard/Vice, Esquire and other publications covering the social impacts of technology, has worked as the European Journalism Observatory (EJO)’s Italian editor and hosts a weekly radio show on the social impact of technology for Radio Raheem (Italy). Philip has authored two books: “Leaks. Whistleblowing e hacking nelletà senza segreti” (LUISS University Press, Rome, 2019) and “Digital Whistleblowing Platforms in Journalism. Encrypting Leaks” (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2020).

He’s also a member of the board of DIG Festival, an international investigative journalism event based in Italy. Philip obtained a Master degree in Media Management from USI in 2012 and a Bachelor degree in Literature from Università degli Studi di Milano (Unimi) in 2010.