I'm a post-doctoral fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford. I'm also the Deputy Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. I also work at the Crowdsourced Democracy Team at the Social Algorithms Lab at Stanford.
I examine the Open X in my research projects. I'm exploring how collective intelligence, whether gathered by crowdsourcing, co-creation, crowdfunding, or principles of open innovation, impacts processes in journalism, public policy making and design.
My work is multidisciplinary, and I publish in communication, engineering and political science. My work has been published in several academic publications, such as the New Media and Society and Digital Journalism.
Related to my field of expertise, I advise crowdsourcing projects in the Government and the Parliament of Finland.
Previously I studied at the Data and Democracy Initiative at the Center for Information Technology Research at UC Berkeley, and at the Program on Liberation Technology and at the Center for Design Research in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford.
I gained my Ph.D in Social Sciences majoring in Communication at the University of Tampere, Finland. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, and a Master of Arts in Humanities.
You can find more about my research in my bio here, and by checking out my publications under the 'Some Publications' tab on this site, on Google Scholar, on Mendeley or on Academia.edu, or on Scribd.
Prior to returning to academia, I made a career in journalism in Finland specializing in foreign affairs, and reporting in countries such as Afghanistan, Angola and Uganda. I have also taught journalism and communication at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, and worked at the Namibia Press Agency in Windhoek in Namibia.
I sometimes participate in the phenomena I'm studying. For instance I crowdfunded a reporting and research trip to Egypt in 2011 to investigate crowdsourcing in public deliberation. I have also practiced social entrepreneurship in Salama Documents, a document safety project in the slums of Nairobi. The project sprang from the Designing Liberation Technologies class at Stanford.
I write occasionally about my research at popular publications such as the GovLab blog at NYU and PBS MediaShift.