Our Members

Richard Allan

Member of the Executive Board

Richard Allan has spent half his career working in the public sector (healthcare and politics), and the other half working in the private sector (internet hardware and social media). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and a member of the House of Lords (the second chamber of the UK Parliament). Richard has worked on most of the “hot” technology policy issues including privacy and data use, content regulation, the conduct of politics online, competition, tax and connectivity. Richard studied archaeology and he has worked as an excavator on ancient sites in a number of countries. Richard also has an MSc in Information Technology and he spent several years building information systems for the UK’s National Health Service. Richard began his political career in 1993 as a local councilor and he was elected to the UK Parliament in 1997. Richard stepped down from Parliament in 2005 and moved to the technology sector, working at Cisco Systems (2005-9) and Facebook Inc (2009-2019).

Alina Bârgăoanu

Member of the Advisory Board

Richard Allan has spent half his career working in the public sector (healthcare and politics), and the other half working in the private sector (internet hardware and social media). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and a member of the House of Lords (the second chamber of the UK Parliament). Richard has worked on most of the “hot” technology policy issues including privacy and data use, content regulation, the conduct of politics online, competition, tax and connectivity. Richard studied archaeology and he has worked as an excavator on ancient sites in a number of countries. Richard also has an MSc in Information Technology and he spent several years building information systems for the UK’s National Health Service. Richard began his political career in 1993 as a local councilor and he was elected to the UK Parliament in 1997. Richard stepped down from Parliament in 2005 and moved to the technology sector, working at Cisco Systems (2005-9) and Facebook Inc (2009-2019).

Anja Bechmann

Professor, Member of the Executive Board

Anja Bechmann is Professor at the Department of Media Studies, Aarhus University and director of DATALAB – Center for Digital Social Research and the EU Center of Excellence for Research in Social Media and Information Disorder (EU REMID). Her research examines social media communication and collective behavior using large-scale data collection and applied machine learning. Bechmann’s field of research are disinformation, digital sociology, privacy, critical algorithmic and AI studies and digital news studies, and her research has published in high ranked journals and publishers such as New, Media & Society, Information Society, First Monday, Routledge and MIT Press. She is Co- Chair of the Association of Internet Researchers Ethics Committee appointed member of the Academy of Technical Sciences and board member of the Danish Council for Digital Security. She was member of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Disinformation under the EU Commission and Thinker in Residence 2019 on Democracy & Disinformation at The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. Her expertise and network will be crucial to facilitate the mapping of disinformation research and relevant academic institutions and organisations.