We are doubly thrilled to announce the two keynote speakers at #AoIR2017 in Tartu Estonia.
Keynote #1: Andrew Chadwick
Andrew Chadwick (PhD, London School of Economics) is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he founded the New Political Communication Unit in 2007. His latest book is The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013), which won the 2016 International Journal of Press/Politics Book Award for an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten years, and the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award, 2014. His book Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2006) won the American Sociological Association Best Book Award (Communication and Information Technologies Section) and is among the most widely-cited works in its field. Andrew is also Editor of the book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, which currently features 20 titles. At Royal Holloway, by whom he has been awarded two Teaching Excellence Prizes, he teaches courses on the internet and politics, digital political communication, and the politics of democracy. Andrew is currently writing his next book, Social Media and the Future of Democracy (Oxford University Press). You can visit his website and follow him on Twitter.
Keynote #2: Marju Lauristin
Marju Lauristin is a Professor of Social Communication at the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu (since 1995). Her main research interest covers social and cultural transformations on the way from post-communist to information society.
Prof. Lauristin was one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, and minister of Social Affairs of Estonia. Since 2014 she is a Member of European Parliament, where she is involved as a rapporteur in the area of data protection and development of European digital economy and society.