About

Jan Rau is interested in how the Internet shapes the media sphere. He holds an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute and has a background in political science, sociology and social-psychology. He currently works as a Researcher with the Computational Social Science Department at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Science, the Princeton University, and the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research investigates echo chambers, public opinion manipulation, and the role of digital media as a “counterpublic”. Beyond academia, Jan worked on Amnesty International’s campaign strategies as a member of the “Human Rights in the Digital Age” commission and is a member of the “Digitalisation and Cybersecurity” program of Polis180. Besides digital related issues he has co-founded a refugee initiative, was active as a human rights activist and is engaged in civic education.