About

Jan Rau is interested in how the internet shapes the media sphere. He holds an MSc in the Social Sciences of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute and has a background in political science, sociology and social-psychology. He worked 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. Currently he is employed in the Research and Policy team at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. His research investigates echo chambers, right-wing populism and extremism, public opinion manipulation and the role of digital media as a “counterpublic”. In addition, Jan worked on Amnesty International’s campaign strategies as a member of the “Human Rights in the Digital Age” commission. Besides digital related issues he has co-founded a refugee initiative, was active as a human rights activist and is engaged in civic education.