Media Industries, Ethics, and Digital Society
Tanja Aitamurto, PhD, is the deputy director and a Brown Fellow (postdoctoral) at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the School of Engineering at Stanford. She examines how collective intelligence, whether gathered by crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, or co-creation, impacts journalism, governance, and product design, particularly media innovations. Her work has been published in several academic journals, such as the New Media and Society and Digital Journalism.
Tanja is the author of Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy- Making, and she advises and studies Open Government projects in several countries, the projects including topics such as participatory budgeting and crowdsourced legislation. Apart from academic conferences, she has presented her work in meetings at the White House, the World Forum for Democracy at the Council of Europe, the Wikimedia Foundation and the Government and the Parliament of Finland.
Prior to returning to academia, she made a career in journalism in Finland specialising in foreign affairs and reporting in countries like Afghanistan, Angola and Uganda. She has also taught journalism at the University of Zambia, worked at the Namibia Press Agency and covered technology at VentureBeat, a Silicon Valley -based tech blog. More about her work at www.tanjaaitamurto.com.
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