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Amarnath Amarasingam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. His research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015), and the co-editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016). He has also written several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 100 national and international conferences, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, The Atlantic, and Foreign Affairs.
Ellery Roberts Biddle is the editorial director of Ranking Digital Rights, a research program housed at New America that evaluates the world’s most powerful tech companies against human rights standards. Ellery has been active in the global digital rights community for nearly ten years, primarily as the advocacy director at Global Voices, where she worked with an international network of writers, activists, and technologists telling stories about media freedom in the digital age, and the effects of technology on the lives and human rights of users around the world. She also has worked as a policy analyst with the Center for Democracy & Technology, and was a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society from 2014-2017. In addition to Global Voices, she has written for The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, Quartz, and Americas Quarterly.
Elinor Carmi is a Research Associate at Liverpool University UK, working on several projects: 1) “Me and My Big Data – Developing Citizens’ Data Literacies” (Nuffield Foundation); 2) “Being Alone Together: Developing Fake News Immunity” (UKRI); 3) Parliamentary Academic Fellowship working with the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee on her project: “Digital literacies for a healthy democracy”. Dr. Carmi was invited by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a scientific expert to be part of the closed discussions to establish the foundations of Infodemiology. On March 2020, Carmi published her 2nd book Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media on Peter Lang.
Dr. Welton Chang is Chief Technology Officer at Human Rights First. Prior to joining HRF, Welton was a senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory where he led teams and developed technical solutions to address disinformation and online propaganda. Before joining APL, Welton served for nearly a decade as an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency and in the Army, including two operational tours in Iraq and a tour in South Korea. Welton received a PhD and MA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Jane Chung is Public Citizen’s Big Tech Accountability Advocate. Prior to joining the organization, she worked on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, and before that, in agricultural development in Rwanda. She started her career at Facebook, which informs her analysis of Big Tech’s power today.
Sara Collins joins Public Knowledge as a Policy Counsel focusing on all things privacy. Previously, Sara was a Policy Counsel on Future of Privacy Forum’s Education & Youth Privacy team and specialized in higher education. She has also worked as an investigations attorney in the Enforcement Unit at Federal Student Aid, as well as the Director of Legal Services for Veterans Education Success. Sara graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2014, where she was the symposium editor of the Journal of Gender and the Law. After graduating law school, she completed a Policy & Law Fellowship at the Amara Legal Center, an organization dedicated to fighting domestic sex trafficking within the DMV area. Originally from Chicago, Sara attended the University of Illinois, where she received a B.A. in both Political Science and English.
Dipayan Ghosh is co-director of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, and author of Terms of Disservice (2020). He was a technology and economic policy advisor in the Obama White House, and formerly served as an advisor on privacy and public policy issues at Facebook.
Evan Greer is an activist, musician, and writer based in Boston. She’s the deputy director of Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights group known for organizing the largest online protests in human history, and releases music on Don Giovanni Records and Get Better Records. She’s based in Boston, and writes regularly for outlets like the Washington Post, NBC News, Wired, Buzzfeed, Time, and Newsweek. Follow her on Twitter @evan_greer.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.
Gus Hurwitz is Associate Professor of Law and Menards Director of the Nebraska Governance & Technology Center and Director of Law & Economics Programs at the International Center for Law and Economics.
Shana Kleiner is a current MSW candidate in advanced generalist practice and programming at Columbia University. She is a recent graduate from Skidmore College, where she earned her BSW, and is especially interested in restorative justice dialogue and community building. Shana has experience researching mother activism, elder self-neglect, and homelessness. This past summer, she was a fellow with the MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute, and worked with other artists, writers, and filmmakers surrounding the notion of co-creation.
Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan is the Associate Director of Strategies and Impact at the SAFELab, Columbia University. He strategies and facilitates local-global partnerships to scale SAFELab innovations and research projects to accelerate the impact with local communities and transnational tech-social work researchers. Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan is the Founder-Director of the youth-led non-profit Trust for Youth and Child Leadership (TYCL) International, based in India and the USA. He serves as a TYCL representative to the United Nations. He is an independent global social work researcher and development consultant. He has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and a PhD. in Social Work, specialized in child-centered community development from Pondicherry Central University, India.
Associate Professor Desmond Upton Patton is a Public Interest Technologist who uses qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine the relationship between youth and gang violence and social media; how and why violence, grief, and identity are expressed on social media; and the real world impact these expressions have on wellbeing for low-income youth of color. Dr. Patton is the founding Director of the SAFE lab, a member of the Data Science Institute, a faculty affiliate of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and holds a courtesy appointment in the department of Sociology. He is the recipient of the 2018 Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), and was named a 2017-2018 Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Sarah T. Roberts, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. She the author of Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, published by Yale University Press in 2019.
Elizabeth founded The Insurrection in 2016. She is a new media expert and entrepreneur and veteran journalist. She was previously the Editor in Chief of The New York Observer and Editorial Director of Observer Media Group. Before that, she was the founder of Breaking Media (which publishes Dealbreaker, AboveTheLaw and Fashionista) and was the founding editor of Gawker, the flagship site of Gawker Media. She has launched a variety of digital properties and products for brands, media companies, and agencies. She is also a former financial columnist at Fortune, and writes about politics for a number of outlets, including the Washington Post. She also teaches in NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in the Studio 20 program led by Jay Rosen, and is a Young Leaders Forum Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She was named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, and also serves or has served on the advisory boards of Flavorpill Media, Counsyl, OfAKind, Selfie, Wall Street Cheat Sheet, and Clade.
Elizabeth Tyson co-leads strategy and prototype design, conducts research and builds partnerships at the Open Environmental Data Project. She is curious about the intersection of participatory governance and innovation methods for advancing environmental protection, natural resource governance/conservation, and basic scientific research. Elizabeth is a former Co-Director of the Commons Lab at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a National Geographic Innovation Labs Fellow/Explorer, and a former Professional Fellow with the State Department National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Dr. Samuel Woolley is a writer and researcher. He is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and in the School of Information (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the program director of propaganda research at the Center for Media Engagement at UT. Woolley’s work focuses on the ways in which emerging technology are leveraged for both democracy and control. He is the author of the book “The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth” (PublicAffairs), an exploration of how tools from artificial intelligence to virtual reality are being used in efforts to manipulate public opinion and discusses what society can do to respond. He is the co-editor (with Dr. Philip N. Howard), of the book “Computational Propaganda” (Oxford University Press), a series of country-based case studies on social media and digital information operations. His academic and policy work has been published by a number of peer-reviewed journals and NGOs including The Journal of Information, Technology, and Policy, The International Journal of Communication, The National Endowment for Democracy, and the Stanford Hoover Institution. His public writing on politics, propaganda and social media has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Guardian, Wired, and the Atlantic. His research has been covered by in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times, and on BBC News at Ten, NBC Nightly News and Bloomberg Technology. Woolley is a research affiliate at the Project on Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University. He is the former director of Research of the Computational Propaganda Project at University and the Founding Director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA. He is a former fellow at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Google Jigsaw, the Tech Policy Lab, and the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University. His PhD is from the University of Washington. He tweets from @samuelwoolley.