Welcome, Kenzie, Nicolas and Fabio!
Over the summer, the AlgorithmWatch team has expanded by three new members. We are delighted to introduce our new colleagues:
Mackenzie works at AlgorithmWatch as a Researcher and Project Manager for the Governing Platforms Project. She holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the Central European University’s School of Public Policy and a B.A. in International Politics and History from Jacobs University Bremen. Prior to starting with AlgorithmWatch, Mackenzie worked in transatlantic policy communications at the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s office in Washington D.C. Her current research focuses on public discourse, online intermediaries, and multi-stakeholder approaches to platform governance in the European Union.
Nicolas is a data journalist and works for AlgorithmWatch as a reporter. He pioneered new forms of journalism in France and Europe and is one of the leading experts on data journalism. He regularly speaks at international conferences, teaches journalism in French journalism schools and gives training sessions in newsrooms. A self-taught journalist and developer (and a graduate in economics), he started by doing small interactive, data-driven applications for Le Monde in Paris in 2009. He then built the data journalism team at OWNI in 2010 before co-founding and managing Journalism++ from 2011 to 2017. Nicolas is also one of the main contributors to the Datajournalism Handbook, the reference book for the popularization of data journalism worldwide.
Fabio is Project Manager at AlgorithmWatch for the 2020 edition of the Automating Society report. After a decade in tech reporting, he worked as a consultant and assistant researcher in data and politics (Tactical Tech), and AI in journalism (Polis LSE). He coordinated the ‘Persuasori Social’ report on regulating political campaigns on social media for the PuntoZero Project, and worked as a tech-policy staffer within the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament during the current legislation. A Fellow at the Nexa Center for Internet & Society in Turin, he is Adjunct Professor at the University of San Marino, teaching ‘Journalism and New Media’ and ‘Publishing and digital media’. He is the author of several essays on technology and society, the latest being ‘Io non sono qui. Visioni e inquietudini da un futuro presente’ (DeA Planeta, 2018), that is currently being translated into Polish and Chinese. He writes as a tech-policy reporter at the collective blog ValigiaBlu.
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