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Erin Simpson


Oxford Internet Institute

United Kingdom


Consumer Technology Free Speech Information Technology Journalism Policy Research

Erin Simpson is a Marshall Scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute, where she researches threats and opportunities for civic life online. Her dissertation focuses on the local civic consequences of media industry concentration in the United States. Erin leads civil society engagement for the Computational Propaganda team, investigating the interaction of algorithms, automation, and civil society groups around the world. Previously, Erin served as the founding Director of Programs for Civic Hall Labs, a New York City-based research and development nonprofit for civic technology programming. A 2014 Truman Scholar, Erin holds a degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where her award-winning thesis on digital inequality investigated user experience in public computer centers. Erin’s past work includes fellowships with Microsoft and the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and internships with the White House and Neighborhood Housing Services.

Keywords: media, propaganda, research, oxford, civic hall, chicago, wisconsin, concentration, politics, democracy, political science