Jason Hong

Dr. Jason Hong is a professor at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is part of the Human Computer Interaction Institute. Given his expertise in digital misinformation, election security, and the behavioral relationship between humans and computers, he can speak to the science behind detecting false information online, the incentives for creating “fake news,” and the challenges this presents to a fair election.

More broadly, he also is an expert in data collection, digital privacy, and cybersecurity. These concerns have only become more relevant as more people work remotely and the influence of social media has grown. His research has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, CNN, Slate and elsewhere. He is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, which was acquired by Proofpoint in March 2018 for $225m.

Hong has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and received dual undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Discrete Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology.

A trivia fanatic, Hong is a former national Quiz Bowl champion and once served as a lifeline on “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?”

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Expertise Field: Human computer interaction, data collection, cybersecurity, privacy, election security, digital misinformation

Contact information:

Email: jasonh@cs.cmu.edu 

Twitter: @jas0nh0ng

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Last updated October 14, 2020

An Xiao Mina

An Xiao Mina works on program strategy and operations at Meedan, a technology non-profit that builds software for newsrooms and NGOs to improve the quality of information online. She’s an expert on digital creative culture and how memes influence protest movements and politics.

Internet memes have gone from silly image macros to salvos in cultural and political struggles. And that trend continues with the ongoing movement for racial justice following George Floyd’s death — see the memeification of arresting the cops who killed Breonna Taylor or the widespread use of Karen as a negative term for a privileged and racist white woman.

As the author of the 2019 book Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power, Mina can provide context on the ways internet memes are shaping pop culture, politics, protest and propaganda.

Before joining Meedan, Mina was a research fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a 2016 Knight Visiting Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. She’s the co-author of the upcoming Hanmoji Handbook, which uses emojis to teach Mandarin Chinese, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Hyperallergenic.

Mina has worked with The Civic Beat and China Residencies to create workshops and art exhibitions in spaces including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City and the Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Expertise: Digital creative culture, how memes influence protest movements and politics

Contact information:

Email: anxiaomina-berkman@protonmail.com 

Listen to An Xiao Mina speaking at the Data & Society Research Institute:

Last updated July 14, 2020

Shashi Shekhar

Shashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota, is a leading scholar of spatial computing (think Google Maps, Uber and geotagging) and Geographic Information Systems. That’s the technology at the center of efforts to use smartphone apps to help trace the spread of COVID-19.

Shekhar teaches computer science, is a board member of the Computing Research Association, and is co-editor-in-chief of the international, GIS-focused journal GeoInformatica. His publications include more than 350 refereed papers, a textbook and an encyclopedia. 

He has received the 2015 Education Award from the University Consortium for GIS Science and the 2006 Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, among others. 

shashi shekhar_headshotExpertise: Computer science, spatial computing, geographic information systems

Location: Minneapolis, Minn. 

Contact information: 

Email: shekhar@umn.edu

Phone: 612-624-8307 (o)

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Last updated: April 20, 2020

Nat Gyenes

Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the internet and public health. She leads the Digital Health Lab at Meedan, a technology nonprofit, and studies health and technology as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Gyenes has looked at how epidemics, prolonged public health challenges and digital health misinformation affect societies. She co-wrote an article for The Atlantic which explains the growing challenge of digital health misinformation and how falsehoods online fueled the spread of tooth decay, Ebola and measles.

She was quoted by NBC News urging public health authorities to use social media to address health rumors and myths that circulate  online. And she told CNBC that health misinformation online can reduce compliance with health treatments and prevention efforts.

Expertise: health systems, access to information, science communications, technology, misinformation, public health 

Contact Information: 

Email: nat@meedan.com

Twitter: @GyenesNat

Listen to Nat Gyenes give a presentation at Intrahealth International:

Last Updated: March 16, 2020

Mutale Nkonde

Mutale Nkonde is an artificial intelligence policy analyst and a fellow at both the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab.

She is the founding president of AI For the People, a nonprofit that aims to “create the narratives needed to create an anti-racist technical future.”

Nkonde was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic and Deep Fakes Accountability Acts as well as the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act in the House of Representatives. 

Nkonde started her career as a broadcast journalist and worked at the BBC, CNN and ABC. She’s been interviewed by Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and MIT Technology Review.

In an opinion piece for the Harvard Business Review, Nkonde argues that corporations should shoulder social responsibility for reducing race and gender bias in artificial intelligence. 

She says she is currently working on a project that is looking at how black communities “will be impacted by disinformation during 2020.” She prepared a briefing sheet for journalists and spoke about the project on Sirius XM in February 2020.

Pronunciation: Mutale (Moo-TAH-lay) Nkonde (In-CON-day)

Areas of expertise: AI governance, race, technology 

Location: New York

Contact Information:

Email: mnkonde@law.harvard.edu

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Last updated: Feb. 10, 2020

César Hidalgo

César A. Hidalgo leads the Collective Learning group at The MIT Media Lab and is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. He is an expert on data visualization, physics, and economics.

Hidalgo’s work focuses on understanding how teams, organizations, cities, and nations learn. At the Collective Learning group, Hidalgo studies collective learning and develops software tools to facilitate learning in organizations.

Hidalgo is the author of Why Information Grows and the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity. He co-founded Datawheel LLC, a company that has professionalized the creation of large data visualization engines.

Cesar

Areas of Expertise: Data visualization, physics, economics

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Info:

       Email: cesifoti@gmail.com

       Twitter: @cesifoti

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Delaram Kahrobaei

Delaram Kahrobaei is a Professor at the City University of New York. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the New York University. Kahrobaei is an expert on Cybersecurity, Cryptography, Information Security, and Data Science.

She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the newly created CUNY Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Kahrobaei is on the faculty advisory board of the Data Science @CUNY and she is the founder of New York Women in Mathematics and Computing Network.

She is President and co-founder of Infoshield, Inc., a startup that works on storing information in encrypted form.

She is also Deputy Executive Officer at the MS program in Data Analysis and Visualization at CUNY Graduate Center.

Delaram

Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity, Cryptography, Information Security, Data Science

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Email: dkahrobaei@gc.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 817-8205

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Alvaro Bedoya

Alvaro Bedoya is the founding Executive Director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology. He is an expert on digital privacy issues. His most recent research focuses on how commercial data collection and government surveillance affects people of color and immigrants.

Prior to joining the Center, Alvaro served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, and to then-chairman, Sen. Al Franken. In this capacity, he was the staff negotiator for significant portions of both the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and the USA FREEDOM Act, a bipartisan surveillance reform bill.

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Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

Areas of Expertise: Legislation, National Security, Military, War and Peace, Privacy

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: amb420@georgetown.edu
Phone: (203) 464-7500
Twitter: @alvarombedoya

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Tim Wu

Tim Wu is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Wu joined the Law School in 2006 and teaches antitrust, copyright, the media industries, and communications law.  He is the author of, among other works, Network Neutrality Broadband Discrimination (2003), Who Controls the Internet (2006), The Master Switch (2010), and The Attention Merchants (2016). Wu is known for having coined the term “net neutrality”.

Wu was a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Richard Posner, and has also worked at the White House National Economic Council, at the Federal Trade Commission, for the New York Attorney General, and in the Silicon Valley telecommunications industry.

Tim Wu
Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information:
Email: twu@law.columbia.edu | wu@pobox.com
Phone: (415) 690-0688

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Ashley Nunes

Ashley Nunes is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He’s worked with the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research on transportation safety, regulatory policy and behavioral economics. He is a Contributor to Forbes and has previously written for the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail and the Scientific American.

Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, MA

Areas of Expertise: Transportation, Technology, Science Policy

Contact Information:

Phone: (470) 301-6285

Email: anunes@mit.edu