1. W. Russell Neuman

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    W. Russell Neuman is Professor of Media Technology at New York University. He served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy working in the areas of information technology, broadband policy and international security. His recent books include The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway, (MIT Press), Digital Difference: Evolving Media Technology and the Theory of Communication Effects (Harvard University Press) and Evolutionary Intelligence: How Technology Will Make Us Smarter (MIT Press). Dr. Neuman held the John Derby Evans Chair of Media Technology at the University of Michigan, taught at the University of Pennsylvania where he directed the Information and Society Program of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He also taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Yale University and was one of the founding faculty of the MIT Media Laboratory. His sociology is from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree is from Cornell University.

  2. Francesca Tripodi

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    Dr. Francesca Tripodi (she/her) is a sociologist and information scholar whose research examines the relationship between search engines, participatory platforms, politics, and society. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Information Technology and Public Life (CITAP) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Tripodi is a recognized expert in the field of misinformation. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on how search engines are gamed to drive ideologically based queries, has been funded by the National Science Foundation to study the cultural complexities of search literacy, and uncovered patterns of gender inequality on Wikipedia.  Her research has been covered by NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Columbia Journalism Review, Wired, Slate, The Guardian, and The Neiman Journalism Lab