Forum on Information and Democracy
Focus areas: Media, development, innovation, media in Africa and the extractive sector
Anya Schiffrin is the director of the Technology, Media, and Communications at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a lecturer who teaches on global media, innovation and human rights. She writes on journalism and development, investigative reporting in the global south and has published extensively over the last decade on the media in Africa. More recently she has become focused on solutions to the problem of online disinformation, earning her PHD on the topic from the University of Navarra. She is the editor of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World (New Press, 2014) and African Muckraking: 75 years of Investigative journalism from Africa (Jakana 2017). She is the editor of Media Capture: How Money, Digital Platforms and Governments Control the News (Columbia University Press 2021)
- MS, Columbia University, School of Journalism
- BA, Reed College
- Natural Resource Governance Initiative
- Global Reporting Center, University of British Columbia
- Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
- Thomson Reuters Foundation (US)
- Founder, www.journalismtraining.net
- Media & Journalism Research Center, University of Santiago (Spain)
Research And Publications
Mis-and Disinformation Online: A Taxonomy of Solutions
Universidad de Navarra
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Social Science Computer Review
In The Media
Anya Schiffrin said "the increase in polarization, the availability of guns and the virality of white supremacy is, tragically, a hallmark of political culture in the U.S.”
Anya Schiffrin writes that there are always risks that come with media regulation.
Anya Schiffrin writes that “big tech firms would rather ignore the pleas of news providers or do deals with a few powerful publishers without regard for the wider news economy. “
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Around the world, writes Anya Schiffrin, news publishers are crunching numbers to figure out how much Google and Meta owe them for publishing news online.