Gianni Riotta is the Pirelli chair Visiting Professor at Princeton University French and Italian Department, focusing on new media and contemporary civilization. He is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Council for the United States and Italy and the founder and director of Luiss University Data Lab, Rome, where he serves also director of the Master of Journalism and Communications chaired by Livia De Giovanni. In the past he worked at IMT, Institute for Advanced Studies, Laboratory for the Analysis of Complex Economic Systems, Lucca.
Columnist for La Stampa, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Carnegie Europe, he was Editor at Tg 1 Rai and Il Sole 24 Ore, Deputy Editor at La Stampa and Corriere della Sera. Previously he was a correspondent and columnist for Corriere della Sera and L’Espresso based in New York.
In 2015 Riotta founded the digital start up Catchy, specialized on Big Data, narrative and communications, awarded a grant by Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, Google, two European Union Seal of Excellence. Catchy is recognized by Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale for its work on Artificial Intelligence. Riotta was a member of the High Level Group summoned by the European Commission to study the changing worlds of communication and technology and the Luiss Data Lab fights fake news and disinformation with a European Union grant Soma.
Gianni Riotta is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He contributes to the BBC World Service. His op-ed have been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Foreign Affairs and other publications.
His books have been translated in many languages. “Prince of the Clouds”, a novel, was a finalist at “Prix Medicis” in France, won the “European Florio Award 2002” in the United Kingdom and was selected by BOL.COM as “Book of The Year 2001”. “Cambio di Stagione” was included in the Meridiano Mondadori Anthology of Italy’s best short stories 1900-2000. His last books are “Il web ci rende liberi?” Einaudi 2013 and “Il mondo di McCurry”, Mondadori 2015.
Foreign Policy and Prospect included Gianni Riotta in their ranking of “World 100 global thinkers”.
Gianni Riotta graduated in Mathematical Logics at Università di Palermo, with a dissertation on “The concept of truth in formalized languages” and, as a Fulbright Fellow, received a MS at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, with a dissertation on “Computer and privacy”. In 2014 President Giorgio Napolitano named Gianni Riotta Commendatore all’Ordine della Repubblica Italiana motu proprio.
Riotta is a board member of Fondazione Memoriale Caduti per la Pace and serves in the Fulbright Commission board and the Italian Academy Columbia University New York board. He lives in New York and Rome.