Tanja Aitamurto, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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. Previously Tanja worked at Stanford, UC Berkeley and Oxford. 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.