Speakers are listed in alphabetical order. This list may be updated as additional speakers are confirmed.
Associate Professor, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Meeyoung Cha is an associate professor at the School of Computing in KAIST, and Chief Investigator at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in Korea. Dr. Cha’s research is on data science and information science with an emphasis on modeling socially-relevant information propagation processes. Her work, on misinformation, poverty mapping, fraud detection, and long-tail content, has gained more than 14,000 citations and received best paper awards at several conferences. Dr. Cha has served as a program co-chair for ICWSM2015 and Big Event at WWW2020, and currently is on the editorial board of PeerJ and ACM Transactions on Social Computing. In 2015-2016, Dr. Cha worked at Facebook’s Data Science Team as a Visiting Professor. She is the recipient of the Young Information Scientist Award in Korea.
US Director, First Draft
Claire Wardle currently leads the strategic direction and research for First Draft. In 2017 she co-authored the report, Information Disorder: An interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policy for the Council of Europe, which attempted to provide some definitional structure to the emerging field. Previous to that she was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and head of social media for the United Nations Refugee Agency. She was also the project lead for the BBC Academy in 2009, where she designed a comprehensive training program for social media verification for BBC News that was rolled out across the organization. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.