Bio (short)

Tanja Aitamurto, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar at the Crowdsourced Democracy Team at the School of Engineering at Stanford. Tanja examines, designs, and deploys new media technologies for informing, empowering, and connecting people. She studies the impact of new media technologies on people's behavior and society. These technologies include crowdsourcing, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence applied in journalism and democratic processes.

Her work has received several awards and has been published in highly-ranked academic venues such as the New Media & Society , Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) and Computer-Supported Collaborative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). She has attended meetings and given talks about her research at the White House, the United Nations, OECD, the Council of Europe and in several Parliaments and Governments.

In her projects, Tanja often collaborates on in-the-wild experiments with media organizations and local and national governments. Prior to returning to academia, Tanja worked as a journalist specializing in military and defense, reporting in countries such as Afghanistan, Angola, and Uganda. She also covered technology at VentureBeat, a Silicon Valley -based tech blog.

Bio (longer)

Tanja Aitamurto, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar at the Crowdsourced Democracy Team at the School of Engineering at Stanford. Tanja examines, designs, and deploys new media technologies for informing, empowering, and connecting people. She studies the impact of new media technologies on people's behavior and society. These technologies include crowdsourcing, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence applied in journalism and democratic processes.

Her work has received several awards and has been published in highly-ranked academic venues such as the New Media & Society , Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) and Computer-Supported Collaborative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). She has attended meetings and given talks about her research at the White House, the United Nations, OECD, the Council of Europe and in several Parliaments and Governments.

In her projects, Tanja often collaborates on in-the-wild experiments with media organizations and local and national governments. Prior to returning to academia, Tanja worked as a journalist specializing in military and defense, reporting in countries such as Afghanistan, Angola, and Uganda.

During her doctoral studies, Tanja studied at the Program on Liberation Technology and the Center for Design Research at Stanford and at the Data and Democracy Initiative at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley.

Tanja received her doctoral degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Communication, in 2014 from the Center for Journalism, Media and Communication Research at Tampere University in Finland. She studied in her PhD program from 2010-2014, of which she studied most of the time as a visiting student researcher at Stanford and at UC Berkeley. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, and a Master of Arts in Humanities, both from the Jyväskylä University, Finland.

Prior to returning to academia, Tanja was a professional journalist in Finland specializing in military and defense and reporting in countries like Afghanistan, Angola, and Uganda. She worked for the leading daily newspaper in Finland, the Helsingin Sanomat. 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.

Tanja occasionally participates in the phenomena she is studying; she crowdfunded a research trip to Egypt in 2011 after the Arab Spring to examine crowdsourcing in public deliberation. She has written about her research at popular publications such as the GovLab blog at NYU and the PBS MediaShift.