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.
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.
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.
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.
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.