1. Joanne Armitage

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    Joanne Armitage is a Visiting Scholar at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society where she contributes to The Institute for Rebooting Social Media. Her research at the Institute focuses on how social media technologies can be re-imagined through low, slow and no technology practices. 

    Joanne is a live coder, digital artist and creative technologist as well as Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Leeds, UK.  She holds the Daphne Oram Award for Digital Innovation and the Francis Chagrin Award and has worked extensively as a creative sound and media practitioner, developing bespoke installations, commissions and performances with artists across the globe. Through her research, she explores digital technology through practice and engagement with communities and activists. She employs participatory, digital and empirical methods to examine technologies in the context of inequality, sustainability and environmental justice. With this, she works with expert and non-expert groups to explore how technologies facilitate different practices and political agency. She is Principal Investigator of the projects Sustainable Marking for Feminist Action (2020–2022) and Equally Digital, Digitally Equal (2020–2021). 

    From 2019–2020 she completed her postdoctoral work in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. Here she contributed to the AirKit proof of concept project as part of the Citizen Sense research group. She is affiliated with the Planetary Praxisresearch group at the University of Cambridge and the Digital Cultures research group at the University of Leeds.

    Twitter: @joannnne

  2. Ibtissam Bouachrine

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    Ibtissam Bouachrine is a full professor at Smith College. Trained as a medievalist, her scholarship and teaching focus on the medieval and modern societies of Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East. She is the author of two books on women and gender in Muslim-majority countries, Women and Islam: Myths, Apologies, and the Limits of Feminist Critique (2014) and Anthem of Misogyny (forthcoming 2022).

    Her current research interest lies at the intersection of technology, ethics, law, and women’s rights in Muslim-majority contexts. As a visiting scholar at the Berkman Klein Center’s Institute for Rebooting Social Media, she will research a book project tentatively titled, The Digital Lives of Muslim Women.

    Bouachrine has been awarded grants and fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University.

    She has held a number of administrative roles at Smith, including Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Director of the Middle East Studies Program, and co-Director of the Women’s Education Concentration. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

  3. Jabari Evans

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    Dr. Jabari Evans is an Assistant Professor of Race and Media at the University of South Carolina in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC). His research focuses on the subcultures that urban youth and young adults of color develop and inhabit to understand their social environments, identity development and pursue their professional aspirations. He generally explores strategies these youth use for self-expression on social media platforms as well as other digital media tools and technologies. His forthcoming book project, Hip-Hop Civics (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming) centers on a Hip-Hop Based Education program in Chicago Public Schools and argues for rap song making’s utility for fostering connected learning in the formal classroom. Dr. Evans’ research has been recognized for awards by the International Communication Association, published in the Journal of Global Hip Hop Studies, Journal for Media Literacy Education and has been covered by the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Out Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Chicago Crain’s Business. He earned his PhD at Northwestern University’s School of Communication.


    Twitter: @naledgesince82

  4. Gregory Gondwe

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    Gregory Gondwe is an Assistant Professor of Journalism studies at California State University – San Bernardino. He researches contemporary media ecosystems and their implications on society. His scholarly work interrogates the effects of persuasive multimedia media messages across cultural and geographical boundaries. Gregory is joining Harvard’s Institute for Rebooting Social Media to explore how social media influencers in Sub-Saharan Africa are ‘decolonizing and outsmarting’ digital media platforms. In this study, he examines questions of digital governance, surveillance, censorship, algorithms, and resistance. Some of his other works include cross-national studies on mis/disinformation in sub-Saharan Africa as they relate to gender, geo-location, age, and media literacy. Gregory received education from the University of Colorado – Boulder, USA; University of Oregon, USA; and St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT). Previously, he served as a priest student where he studied philosophy and theology. His work experience includes serving as a journalist, a teacher, and a researcher both in the US and Africa.

  5. Kate Klonick

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    Kate Klonick is an Associate Professor at St. John’s University Law School, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Her research on online speech, freedom of expression, and private governance has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, The New Yorker, New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian and numerous other publications.

    Twitter: @Klonick

  6. David Nemer

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    David Nemer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and in the Latin American Studies program at the University of Virginia. He is also a Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center and Princeton University’s Brazil Lab. His research and teaching interests cover the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Anthropology of Technology, ICT for Development (ICT4D), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Nemer is an ethnographer whose fieldworks include the Slums of Vitória, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Eastern Kentucky, Appalachia. Nemer is the author of Technology of the Oppressed (MIT Press, 2022) and Favela Digital: The other side of technology (Editora GSA, 2013). He holds a MA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Computing, Culture, and Society from Indiana University. Nemer has written for The Guardian, El País, The Huffington Post (HuffPost), Salon, The Intercept_, UOL, and CartaCapital.

    Twitter: @davidnemer

  7. Yong Jin Park

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    Yong Jin Park is Professor at the School of Communications at Howard University. He works on the effects of emerging technologies in intersection with social and policy problems. Currently, his research focuses on the areas of AI, algorithm, personal data, and digital inequalities. His recent book is The Future of Digital Surveillance (University of Michigan Press, 2021). He was previously a Research Fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. He completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan.

    Twitter: @YongJinPark5

  8. Jon Penney

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    Jon Penney is a legal scholar and social scientist based at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Toronto. He is also a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a long time Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

    A native of Halifax, Canada, he studied law at Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar and at Oxford University as a Mackenzie King Scholar. He holds a doctorate in Information, Communication, and the Social Sciences from the Oxford Internet Institute and is a Senior Research Fellow on the Technology and Social Change Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. Before that, was Research Affiliate of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

    Jon’s research and teaching expertise lies at the intersection of law, technology, and human rights, with strong interdisciplinary and empirical dimensions. From established technologies like the internet and social media to emerging ones like artificial intelligence and machine learning, he aims to understand the legal, ethical, and human rights implications of technology and its role in public and private sector practices such as surveillance, privacy/data protection, cybersecurity, disinformation/manipulation, online abuse, and automated legal enforcement. His award winning work has received national and international attention, including coverage in the Washington Post, Reuters International, New York Times, Newsweek, TIME Magazine, NBC News, and The Intercept among others.

    Beyond research and teaching, Jon serves on Advisory Boards for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), a non-profit whose mission is to combat online abuse that threatens civil rights and civil liberties, and the Law Commission of Ontario’s AI and Administrative Decision-Making Project. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for The Canadian Technology Law Association and the Steering Committee for the Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI) workshop, which is co-located at the annual USENIX Security Symposium.

    Twitter: @jon_penney

  9. Elissa Redmiles

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    Dr. Elissa M. Redmiles is a faculty member and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. She has additionally served as a consultant and researcher at multiple institutions, including Microsoft Research, Facebook, the World Bank, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the University of Zurich. Dr. Redmiles uses computational, economic, and social science methods to understand users’ security, privacy, and online safety-related decision-making processes. Her research has been recognized with multiple paper awards at USENIX Security and ACM CCS and has been featured in popular press publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Forbes.

    Twitter: @eredmil1