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Sebastian Bay

Sebastian is a Senior Expert at the Technical and Scientific Development Branch of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia. Sebastian has a background at the Counter Influence Unit of the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency where he was the project manager for the preparations undertaken to protect the Swedish general elections in 2018. Sebastian is currently the project manager of a NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence research project on countering malicious use of social media.

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Yuri Beckelman

Yuri Beckelman currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Mark Takano of California and as a Senior Advisor on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Yuri has worked in Congress for twelve years and advises the Congressman on technology, foreign affairs, and veterans issues. Yuri started and currently helps run the only hands-on digital training fellowship for staffers, organizes a new digital tools shootout for Capitol Hill, and founded the annual event “Digital Day on the Hill” which is going into its third year. Additionally, he was one of the founders of the Democratic Digital Communications Staff Association and the Congressional Tech Staff Association. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, his first job on Capitol Hill was as a Staff Assistant in the office of then and now Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, his hometown Congresswoman.

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David Carroll

David Carroll is known for challenging the infamous Cambridge Analytica in UK courts in a consequential quest to recover his voter file using European data protection laws, resulting in a criminal conviction. Featured in the documentary The Great Hack (2019, Netflix), his writing on this work has appeared in WIRED, The Guardian, Motherboard, Quartz, and The Boston Review. He is on the senior faculty at The New School as an associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design teaching in the graduate programs.


Jessica Dheere

Jessica Dheere is Deputy Director of Ranking Digital Rights ( at New America. She is founder, former executive director, and board member of SMEX (, the Middle East’s leading digital rights research and advocacy organization. As a 2018–19 research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, she launched the CYRILLA Collaborative (, which maps global digital rights-related law and case law. She is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Jessica has presented at the Internet Governance Forum, the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy, RightsCon, and the International Journalism Festival, among other international internet policy events. Her recent publications include “Misguiding Multistakeholderism: A Nongovernmental Perspective on the Arab IGF,” and a legal research methodology for locating digital rights-related law in national legal frameworks. She is a member of the inaugural Advisory Network to the Freedom Online Coalition and co-chair of the policy committee of the Global Network Initiative. She earned her A.B. from Princeton University and her master’s in media studies from the New School in New York City.

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Ambassador Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPI) at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center. GDPI is a global multi-stakeholder collaboration hub for digital policy development. Eileen’s current research focuses on human rights implications of artificial intelligence and governance challenges associated with the digitization of society. She served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the Obama Administration. After leaving government, she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy, with a special emphasis on digital rights, cybersecurity, and internet governance. Earlier in her career, she was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. Eileen serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy; the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Digital Economy; the University of Essex Advisory Board on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology; National Democratic Institute‘s (NDI) Designing for Democracy Advisory Board; and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. She also serves on the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA from Dartmouth, a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford, an MTS from Harvard, and a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union cooperative program with UC Berkeley.

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 Dr. Nicholas Diakopoulos

Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he directs the Computational Journalism Lab. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he was involved in the early development of the field of Computational Journalism. His research is in computational and data journalism with active projects on algorithmic accountability and transparency, automation and algorithms in news production, and social media in news contexts. He is the author of the book, Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media, from Harvard University Press. For the fall of 2019 he is on sabbatical at the Washington Post's Computational Political Journalism Research and Development Lab where he is working on automated and algorithmic approaches to covering the 2020 US elections.


Maskym Eristavi

Maksym Eristavi is a nonresident research fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center with focus on the diffusion of security, civil, and media rights in the region of Eastern Europe. Mr. Eristavi is also a prominent Ukrainian writer and one of the most well-known English-speaking journalists coming from Eastern Europe. A self-described 'bridge-builder', he amplifies and explains stories from global frontlines for equal human rights. His work sits on the nexus of disinformation, foreign policy, and identity politics.


Lee Foster

Lee Foster is Senior Manager of Information Operations Analysis at FireEye Intelligence, having come to FireEye via the iSIGHT Partners acquisition. Lee and his team specialize in identifying cyber-driven nation-state influence campaigns and non-state actor hacktivism. He holds master’s degrees in political science and intelligence and international security, and previously worked in the field of political risk intelligence.


Amb. Daniel Fried

Ambassador Daniel Fried is the Atlantic Council’s Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow. In the course of his forty-year Foreign Service career, Ambassador Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. As special assistant and NSC senior director for Presidents Clinton and Bush, ambassador to Poland, and assistant secretary of state for Europe (2005-09), Ambassador Fried crafted the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and, in parallel, NATO-Russia relations, thus advancing the goal of Europe whole, free, and at peace. During those years, the West’s community of democracy and security grew in Europe. Ambassador Fried helped lead the West’s response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine starting in 2014: as State Department coordinator for sanctions policy, he crafted US sanctions against Russia, the largest US sanctions program to date, and negotiated the imposition of similar sanctions by Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia. Ambassador Fried became one of the US government’s foremost experts on Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. While a student, he lived in Moscow, majored in Soviet studies and history at Cornell University (BA magna cum laude 1975), and received an MA from Columbia’s Russian Institute and School of International Affairs in 1977. He joined the US Foreign Service later that year, serving overseas in Leningrad (human rights, Baltic affairs, and consular officer), and Belgrade (political officer), and in the Office of Soviet Affairs in the State Department. As Polish desk officer in the late 1980s, Fried was one of the first in Washington to recognize the impending collapse of Communism in Poland, and helped develop the immediate response of the George H.W. Bush Administration to these developments. As political counselor at the US Embassy in Warsaw (1990-93), Fried witnessed Poland’s difficult but ultimately successful free market, democratic transformation, working with successive Polish governments. Ambassador Fried also served as the State Department’s first special envoy for the closure of the Guantanamo (GTMO) Detainee Facility. He established procedures for the transfer of individual detainees and negotiated the transfers of seventy detainees to twenty countries, with improved security outcomes. Dan Fried has been married to Olga Karpiw since 1979; they have two children (Hannah and Sophie), and are the besotted grandparents of Ava Helen Fried Hanley.

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Dr. King-wa Fu

Dr. King-wa Fu is an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC). His research interests cover information control policy in China, political participation and media use, computational social sciences, health and the media, and the younger generation's Internet use. He is a visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar in 2016-2017. He has a PhD from the JMSC, a master’s degree in Social Sciences and a MPhil in Engineering. He was a journalist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal before turning to academia.


Kiran Garimella

Kiran Garimella is a researcher at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he works on understanding misinformation on closed platforms like WhatsApp. Before joining MIT, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). His research focuses on using digital data for social good, including areas like polarization, misinformation, and human migration. His work on studying and mitigating polarization on social media won the best paper awards at various conferences. Kiran received his PhD at Aalto University, Finland, and masters and bachelors from the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) Hyderabad, India. Prior to his PhD, he worked as a Research Engineer at Yahoo Research, Barcelona, and Qatar Computing Research Institute, Doha.


Kristofer Goldsmith

Kristofer Goldsmith joined the policy and government-affairs team at Vietnam Veterans of America in May 2016. In his role, he advises members of Congress and the administration on the implementation of policy regarding post-9/11 American veterans. Mr. Goldsmith was born in New York and joined the US Army to serve as a forward observer with the Army’s Third Infantry Division shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He deployed with Alpha Company of the Third Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the year of 2005. Since separating from the Army with a General Discharge after surviving a PTSD-related suicide attempt, Mr. Goldsmith has become an advocate for veterans with PTSD and those with less-than-honorable discharges. As a disabled student veteran using the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation program, Mr. Goldsmith found an opportunity both to recover from PTSD and to continue serving his fellow veterans. At Nassau Community College (NCC), he established a million-dollar veteran-resource facility, which serves as a center for hundreds of student veterans. After two years as president of NCC’s Student Veterans of America chapter, he transferred to Columbia University’s School of General Studies to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science. Mr. Goldsmith is the founder and president of High Ground Veterans Advocacy, a 501c3 not-for-profit, which partners with military and Veterans Service Organizations to train veterans to become grassroots advocates and leaders in their local communities. High Ground Veterans Advocacy was recognized in 2016 by HillVets as one of the nation’s top new veterans organizations. Since 2017, Mr. Goldsmith has been investigating foreign entities that target troops, veterans, and their families online. He believes it is the responsibility of today’s young veterans to keep the motto of VVA alive: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory is Program Director of WITNESS ( which supports anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to defend human rights. Founded after the Rodney King incident, WITNESS has more than twenty-five years of experience in one hundred plus countries, supporting critical uses of video to secure accountability, reaching millions of people with skills and tools, engaging technology giants on how their technology makes a difference, and maximizing civic participation via visual and social media. An award-winning technologist, media-maker, and advocate Sam currently leads work around proactive responses to deepfakes and other emerging forms of disinformation. Over the last year he has led a series of convenings identifying threats and solutions and engaged with key stakeholders in civil society, journalism, platforms, and government. He is also the Co-Chair of the Partnership on AI's Expert Group on Social and Societal Influence, with a focus on AI and the Media. Quoted in major media worldwide. He has spoken at Davos and the White House and was a 2010 Rockefeller Bellagio resident on the future of video in activism and a 2012-17 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court, of the Advisory Board of First Draft, and of the WEF Global Future Council on Human Rights and Technology. From 2010-2018 he taught the first graduate level course at Harvard on participatory media and human rights.

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Sasha Havlicek

As founding CEO of the leading global counter-extremism ‘think and do’ tank, Sasha has spearheaded Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s (ISD) pioneering research and data analysis, digital education, policy advisory, training, tech, and communications programs. With a background in conflict resolution and expertise in extremism, digital information operations, and electoral interference, she has advised a range of governments at the highest levels and has spearheaded partnerships with the United Nations, European Union Commission and Global Counter-Terrorism Forum. She has also worked with the private and civil society sectors to innovate real-world solutions to the rising challenges of polarization, extremism, hate, and disinformation, including major programs run in partnership with Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Sasha serves as an expert advisor to the United Kingdom's Counter-Extremism Commission and the Mayor of London’s counter-extremism program and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the EastWest Institute where she led conflict resolution programming. Sasha has testified before US Congress, the UK Parliament and is a regular commentator in the media (CNN, BBC, Channel 4 News and other networks).


Shanthi Kalathil

Shanthi Kalathil is senior director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. Her work focuses primarily on authoritarian challenges to democracy in the information age. Previously in her career, she served as a senior democracy fellow at the US Agency for International Development, an associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a non-resident associate with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and as a consultant for the World Bank, the Aspen Institute, and other international affairs organizations. Kalathil has authored or edited numerous policy and scholarly publications, including Diplomacy, Development and Security in the Information Age (Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, 2013), Developing Independent Media as an Institution of Accountable Governance (The World Bank, 2008), and (with Taylor C. Boas) Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2003). Formerly a Hong Kong-based reporter for the Asian Wall Street Journal, she holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley and the London School of Economics.

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Tom Kellermann

Tom Kellermann is the Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Carbon Black Inc. Prior to joining Carbon Black, Tom was the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Strategic Cyber Ventures. On January 19, 2017, Tom was appointed the Wilson Center’s Global Fellow for Cyber Policy in 2017. Tom previously held the positions of Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Trend Micro, Vice President of Security for Core Security and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the World Bank Treasury. In 2008 Tom was appointed a commissioner on the Commission on Cyber Security for the forty-fourth President of the United States. In 2003 he co-authored the Book Electronic Safety and Soundness: Securing Finance in a New Age.


Franklin Kramer

Franklin D. Kramer is a national security and international affairs expert and has multiple appointments, including as a member of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors and as a member of its Strategic Advisors Group. Kramer has been a senior political appointee in two administrations, including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for President Clinton, Secretary Perry, and Secretary Cohen, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. In the nonprofit world, Kramer is a distinguished fellow at CNA, which operates the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Public Research. He is chairman of the board of the World Affairs Council of Washington DC and a capstone professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and has been a distinguished research fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University. In the private sector, Kramer is a director and consultant and has been a partner at the law firm of Shea and Gardner. Among his current activities, Kramer is the principal editor and has written several chapters for the book Cyberpower and National Security, led the study on and is the principal author of Civil Power in Irregular Conflict, and is the coauthor and was co-project director of Transatlantic Cooperation for Sustainable Energy Security. At the George Washington University, he teaches a course entitled "The Department of Defense and Winning Modern War." He has written numerous articles on international affairs. Kramer received a BA cum laude from Yale University and JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.


Dr. Heidi Larson

Heidi J. Larson, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is also Director of European Initiatives, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington (Seattle). Dr. Larson’s research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her research group conducts global monitoring of issues surrounding vaccine acceptance, with a focus on identifying emerging issues and advising on risk and rumor management. Professor Larson previously headed UNICEF’s strategy and communication for new vaccines and chaired the GAVI Advocacy Task Force. She served on the FDA Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Emergency Communication Expert Working Group, and is Principle Investigator of the EU/IMI funded (EBODAC) project on the deployment, acceptance and compliance of an Ebola vaccine trials in Africa.

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Jane Lytvynenko

Jane Lytvynenko is a journalist with BuzzFeed News, where she covers online misinformation. Her work investigates the spread of fake news, digital deception, and the rise of hyperpartisanship online. She has written about illegal online drug sales, cryptocurrency scams, and has uncovered networks of fake accounts using social media to dupe users and profit from the online ecosystems. Previously, her work has appeared in Maclean’s, CBC News, and Canadaland, where she was a media reporter and editor.

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Hafiz Malik

Hafiz Malik is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. His research in the areas of multimedia forensics, deepfakes, automotive cybersecurity, IoT security, sensor security, steganography/steganalysis, information hiding, pattern recognition, and information fusion is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Academies, Ford Motor Company, and other agencies. He has published more than eighty papers in leading journals, conferences, and workshops. He is a founding member of the Cybersecurity Center for Research, Education, and Outreach at the UM-Dearborn. He is also a member of the Scientific and Industrial Advisory Board (SIAB) of the National Center of Cyber Security Pakistan.


Alexios Mantzarlis

Alexios Mantzarlis has spent the better part of the past decade working on fact-checking and the challenge of online misinformation. He is the News and Information Credibility Lead for Google's News Lab. In this newly created position, he helps coordinate efforts to fight misinformation through both partnerships and products. From February to July 2019 he was a TED fellow researching whether the public can be meaningfully included in decision-making about information quality on the major platforms. From September 2015 to February 2019, he was the founding director of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), the global coalition of fact-checking projects. As Director of the IFCN, he helped draft the fact-checkers' code of principles, shepherded a seminal partnership between fact-checkers and Facebook, testified to the Italian Chamber of Deputies on the "fake news" phenomenon, and helped launch International Fact-Checking Day. His expertise has been recognized by several international institutions. In 2018 he was invited to join the European Union's High Level Group on fake news and online disinformation and to draft a lesson plan for UNESCO. His publications include a chapter on fact-checking in the 2016 US presidential elections in Truth Counts, published by Congressional Quarterly, and a peer-reviewed study on Zika and fake news on the American Journal of Health Education. He has helped raise (and spend!) more than $2,000,000 in funding for the International Fact-Checking Network. He has also trained hundreds of journalists — from Singapore to Buenos Aires, and from Nashville to Milan — on tools and methodologies to combat misinformation. He’s been quoted extensively on media outlets around the world including Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, BBC, Folha de S. Paulo, Le Monde, NPR and The Washington Post. He previously served as Managing Editor of Pagella Politica, Italy's main political fact-checking website. While at Pagella Politica, he got to present weekly fact-checking segments on Virus, a prime time talk show airing on the national broadcaster RAI 2. Before becoming a fact-checker, he worked for the United Nations and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.


Joseph McCarthy

Joe McCarthy reports on weather, climate change, and disinformation for the Weather Channel. His collaborative reporting has won an EPPY, a Science in Society Journalism Award, and New York and Atlanta Press Club Awards among other distinctions. He is currently working on a year-long investigation into the history of climate change disinformation for an upcoming Weather Channel podcast.

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Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga

Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga is a Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he focuses on Asian security issues. His current research interests include Chinese influence operations on social media and especially Chinese election interference, Chinese bomber strike packages and Chinese deterrence signaling. Prior to joining RAND, Beauchamp-Mustafaga was the Editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation, a biweekly publication focusing on strategic China-related issues utilizing indigenous language sources. He has also spent time with the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University (CISS). Beauchamp-Mustafaga graduated from the dual-degree MSc in International Affairs program at the London School of Economics and Peking University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Chinese Language and Literature from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader. In total, Beauchamp-Mustafaga lived in China for over three years and completed a year each of high school, university and master's education at seven schools in five cities throughout China.

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Tai Nalon

Tai Nalon is co-founder and director of Brazil's benchmark fact-checking site Aos Fatos. She has a BA degree in Journalism from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and covered national politics at Brazil's most influential newspaper, Folha de S. Paulo, in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo for almost six years. She leads the team that received an honorable mention in the Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2019 and was a finalist in the 2019 Online Journalism Awards, General Excellence in a micro-newsroom category.

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Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter

Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter took up her post as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States on September 1, 2017. Ambassador Olofsdotter has long been a strong advocate for Swedish trade and diplomatic relations with the United States. Trade and economic growth remain top priorities for the ambassador, along with defense cooperation, public diplomacy, and strong collaboration with the international community. H.E. Olofsdotter brings extensive experience in trade promotion to her current post. Prior to assuming the role as Ambassador, she served as Director-General for Trade at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Olofsdotter has also held the position of Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Ambassador Olofsdotter is also an accomplished diplomat. Her career in the Foreign Service started in 1994 with her first posting to the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow. In the years following, she worked in security policy and defense issues as well as in numerous leadership posts within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including serving as Chief of Staff for several of its ministers. H.E. Olofsdotter has served as part of the Swedish delegation to NATO as well as at the Swedish European Union (EU) Representation in Brussels, working with European security policy and defense issues. Ambassador Olofsdotter was appointed Director of the Ministers’ Office in Stockholm before being asked to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC in 2008, a post she held for three years. In 2011, she entered her first ambassadorial position as Ambassador of Sweden to Hungary. H.E. Olofsdotter has a strong affection for the United States, having lived, studied, and worked in different parts of the country: first as a high school exchange student, later, while at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and again during her different diplomatic postings to the country. Ambassador Olofsdotter has a BA in psychology, economics, and Russian. She studied at UCLA Anderson School of Management and speaks Russian, French, and English. She is married and has a son and a daughter.

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Liisa Past

Liisa Past (MA) is the Chief National Cyber Risk Officer for the Estonian Government Office. She is the former Chief Research Officer at the Cyber Security Branch of the Estonian Information System Authority, where she designed, led, and carried out analysis related to cyber security, including risk, threat, and impact assessments. Liisa spent 2018-2019 as a Next Generation Leader at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at the Arizona State University focusing in cyber security of elections. She has been a driving force behind the Estonian comprehensive risk assessment of elections and the Compendium on Cyber Security of Election Technology. She has also published under the auspices of the Cooperation Group of the European Union Network and Information Security Directive.


Dr. Alina Polyakova

Alina Polyakova is the founding director of the Project on Global Democracy and Emerging Technology and a fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, where she leads the Foreign Policy program’s Democracy Working Group. Polyakova was part of the inaugural class of David M. Rubenstein fellow at Brookings. She is also adjunct professor of European studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Her work examines Russian political warfare, European populism, digital authoritarianism, and the implications of emerging technologies to democracies. Polyakova's book, "The Dark Side of European Integration" (ibidem-Verlag and Columbia University Press, 2015) analyzed the rise of far-right political parties in Europe. She is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and commentator in major media outlets including Fox News, CNN, BBC, and Bloomberg, among others. Previously, she served as director of research and senior fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council, professor of sociology at the University of Bern, and Fulbright Fellow. She serves on the board of the Free Russia Foundation and has held numerous fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Science Foundation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation, among others. Polyakova holds a master’s and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's in economics and sociology with highest honors from Emory University.


Rema Rajeshwari

Rema Rajeshwari is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer serving in the State of Telangana, India. The first female IPS officer from Munnar, Kerala and a topper of the IPS class of 2009, she held various dynamic and challenging positions. Rajeshwari started her career as an Assault Commander with the Greyhounds, an elite anti-extremist force. Through her collaborative policing efforts, she encourages women to break gender stereotypes and empower them to emerge as leaders. She has been championing for Child Safety by educating the children of rural India to break the silence around Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Rajeshwari specializes in counter-terrorism, counter-terrorist financing, counter-insurgency and use of data analytics and artificial intelligence in law enforcement. Currently, she works on design thinking and social innovation to fight fake news and misinformation. Due to her proactive efforts in more than 400 villages, where social media rumors had sparked tensions in the summer of 2018 leading to large scale mob-violence, no lives were lost. She writes widely on influence operations, fake news, the misinformation ecosystem, security, and new age crimes.

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Matthew Rosenberg

Matthew Rosenberg is a Washington-based correspondent at the New York Times. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump and Russia, and more recently exposed how Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from tens of millions of Facebook profiles. He previously spent fifteen years as a foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He was expelled from Afghanistan in 2014 because of his reporting.


Laura Rosenberger

Laura Rosenberger is the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before she joined GMF, she was foreign policy advisor for Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Prior to that, she served in a range of positions at the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). As chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and as later, then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s senior advisor, she counseled on the full range of national security policy. In her role at the NSC, she also managed the interagency Deputies Committee, the U.S. government’s senior-level interagency decision-making forum on the United States’ most pressing national security issues. Laura also has extensive background in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Northeast Asia. She served as NSC director for China and Korea, managing and coordinating U.S. policy on China and the Korean Peninsula, and in a variety of positions focused on the Asia-Pacific region at the Department of State, including managing U.S.–China relations and addressing North Korea’s nuclear programs. She also served as special assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns, advising him on Asia-Pacific affairs and on nonproliferation and arms control issues. Laura first joined the State Department as a presidential management fellow.

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Saiph Savage

Saiph Savage directs the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab at West Virginia University (WVU) where she conducts data analysis to understand how disinformation campaigns are organized. She then uses these findings to design crowdsourcing systems that can power citizen crowds to fight disinformation campaigns at scale. For her research, Saiph has been recognized as one of the thirty-five Innovators under thirty-five by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review. Her work has also been covered in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Deutsche Welle, and Vice News. Additionally, her research has been presented and adopted by presidencies in Latin America. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as industry actors such as Google and Facebook. She has also collaborated with nongovernmental organizations and think tanks such as the National Democratic Institute, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Saiph is currently a visiting professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and adjunct professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from UNAM, a masters and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked at Microsoft Bing and Intel Labs.


Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake has been named Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center’s international policy director, as well international policy fellow at the University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (starting November 1). She also serves as President of the CyberPeace Institute. Between 2009 and 2019, Marietje served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party where she focused on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Marietje regularly speaks at conferences and in international media. She is affiliated with a number of non-profits including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India, and she writes a bi-weekly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper.

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Bret Schafer

Bret Schafer is the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s media and digital disinformation fellow. He has a master’s in public diplomacy from the University of Southern California, and a BS in communications with a major in radio/television/film from Northwestern University. As an expert in computational propaganda, he has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. He has regularly been interviewed on NPR, PBS, and BBC. Prior to joining the German Marshall Fund, he spent more than ten years in the television and film industry, including stints at Cartoon Network and as a freelance writer for Warner Brothers. He also worked in Budapest as a radio host, in Berlin as a semi-professional baseball player in Germany’s Bundesliga, and in Moscow as an intern in the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Russia.

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Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith is a Senior Analyst at Graphika, focusing on online social mobilization, disinformation, and election integrity. Her research uses open-source social media data to map foreign and domestic information operations, and recruitment networks of extremists from across the political spectrum. Melanie holds research fellowships at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at King's College London, through which she maintains the largest known online database of female members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.


Dr. Kate Starbird

Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Starbird’s research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. One aspect of her research focuses on how online rumors spread during natural disasters and man-made crisis events. More recently, she has begun to focus on the spread of disinformation and other forms of strategic information operations online. Starbird earned her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Technology, Media and Society and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Megan Stifel

Megan Stifel is a nonresident senior fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She is also Senior Policy Counsel with the Global Cyber Alliance and the founder of Silicon Harbor Consultants, which provides strategic cybersecurity operations and policy counsel. Prior to founding Silicon Harbor Consultants, she was an attorney in the National Security Division (NSD) at the US Department of Justice (DOJ). She most recently served on detail as a director for international cyber policy in the National Security Council at the White House. In this role she developed and implemented policies in connection with Internet governance, cybersecurity, and cybercrime. In particular, Megan developed and coordinated the interagency process culminating in the US government’s March 2014 announcement regarding the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, developed the first ever interagency international cyber capacity building data call, supported the government’s response to the unauthorized disclosures of intelligence programs, and participated in multiple bilateral and multilateral engagements. She also contributed regularly to information sharing, privacy, and critical infrastructure protection policy development. Prior to the White House, Megan worked at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS). At CCIPS she collaborated with law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute computer crime cases, including identity theft, network intrusion, and malware distribution. Megan previously served as the director for cyber policy at NSD, where she coordinated the Division’s policy and legal analysis in connection with the 2009 Cyberspace Policy Review (CSPR) and the 2008 Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, cyber-related legislative proposals, cybersecurity investigations, cyber operations, and the telecommunications supply chain. She was a member of the interagency group that developed the 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace and the CSPR. Megan joined DOJ in 2006; she initially prepared applications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and provided legal and policy guidance to the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Prior to the DOJ, Megan was an associate at Sutherland. She counseled clients on compliance with sanctions programs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-boycott laws, and foreign investment review. As a law student she served as legal intern for DOJ’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (now the Office of Intelligence). Prior to law school Megan worked on Capitol Hill, including two years with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She received her JD from Indiana University and her BA in International Studies and German magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.


Joe Uchill

Joe Uchill is the cybersecurity reporter for Axios and writes the weekly Codebook cybersecurity newsletter. He previously held similar positions at The Hill and The Christian Science Monitor.

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Travis View

Travis View is a researcher and writer who studies conspiracy theories, QAnon, and online disinformation. He has written for the Washington Post and his work has been cited by NBC News, The New York Times, and Mother Jones. He is also the co-host of the QAnon Anonymous podcast, where he debunks and explores the QAnon conspiracy theory and the community that believes in it.


Moira Whelan

Moira is a founding partner of BlueDot Strategies and specializes in international engagement and technology. Moira has more than fifteen years in senior positions at the forefront of building and executing communications strategies in the nonprofit and national security community. Moira served as the US State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy under President Obama, where she oversaw the flagship social media platforms to engage US and international audiences and led multiple teams to guide the communications approach on major US initiatives. Before joining USAID, Moira worked at the Department of Homeland Security where she directed the National Joint Information Center and also served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding. Moira was a founding member of the National Security Network, a nonprofit advocacy organization. She has held the position of communications director both at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and, prior to that, on the House Committee on Homeland Security Democratic Staff. Moira started her career in editorial and legislative outreach roles at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Moira is a graduate of Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and completed her coursework for a master’s degree in international relations at Old Dominion University. Moira is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She volunteers as a board member for the Digital Diplomacy Coalition, and she likes to help out at her children’s schools as often as she can.

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Vicky Xiuzhong Xu

Vicky Xiuzhong Xu is a researcher on China-related issues for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Previously, she was a journalist for the New York Times Sydney Bureau and ABC Asia Pacific Newsroom, covering Australia and China and everything in between. In her spare time, she can also be found telling jokes in comedy clubs around the country.