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.
Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science at Northwestern University
Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he directs the Computational Journalism Lab. His research focuses on computational journalism, including aspects of automation and algorithms in news production, algorithmic accountability and transparency, and social media in news contexts. He is author of the award-winning book, Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media, published by Harvard University Press in 2019. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Director of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at The Poynter Institute
Baybars Örsek is the director of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at The Poynter Institute, the premier global coalition of fact-checking organizations. Prior to joining IFCN, Örsek had served as the founding executive director of the Turkish fact-checking organization Doğruluk Payı between 2014 and 2019.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University
Omar Wasow is an Assistant Professor in Princeton’s Department of Politics. His research focuses on race and politics, protest movements and statistical methods. Before joining the academy, Omar served as a regular on-air technology analyst and was the co-founder of BlackPlanet.com, a social network he helped grow to over three million active users. In 2003, he helped found a high performing K-8 charter school in Brooklyn. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He received a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from Stanford University.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics, and Statistics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Fabiana Zollo received her PhD in Computer, Decision, and Systems Science from IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca in 2016. Since 2018 she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics, and Statistics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she works in the Laboratory of Data & Complexity and is fellow member of the Center for Humanities and Social Change. Dr. Zollo’s research interests are focused on the dynamics of information diffusion and production online. Her results have been published on renowned international journals, widely covered by national and international media, and largely disseminated.