Rachele Didero




Rachele is a fashion and textile designer who graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a passion for bringing together ethics and technology to generate eco-innovation. While studying in Milan, New York and Tel Aviv, she developed and patented a textile to shield wearers from face recognition technology. 

This research continues to grow thanks to her startup, Cap_able, and her work as a Ph.D. student in the Knit Lab research group of the Design Department at Politecnico di Milano and the Tangible Media Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. 


Her doctoral research is focused on designing innovative products from a technological and ethical point of view by investigating problems of our present that will shape our future. The project aims to protect face biometric data in addition to creating awareness of the improper use of facial recognition technology, a problem that, if neglected, could threaten individual rights. 

Didero’s ultimate goal is to bring these designs to citizens. Didero hopes to scale up the production of these textiles through Cap_able, which takes its name from engineering, textile, and fashion Collaboration, to raise Awareness, designed for People. Inspired by the Italian designer Bruno Munari, she always seeks to preserve the curiosity to learn, the pleasure to understand and the desire to communicate.


Contributions by Rachele Didero

  • Closing General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2024
  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2023