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Alexis Wichowski

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Alexis Wichowski is a professor.[1], researcher[2][3], and government official[4] working on technology, media and the government. Her primary research areas include social media and its impact on civil society[5], diplomacy[6] and national security[7], and "hacking the bureaucracy" [8][9]: government reform, with and without technology. Government work includes her current position as press secretary for the City of New York's Department of Veterans' Services and previous positions in the US Department of State's Office of eDiplomacy and US Permanent Mission to the United Nations. She teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Technology, Media, and Communications concentration: "E-government and digital diplomacy" and "Technology, national security and the citizen."

Additional research areas include online information organization including folksomonies (tagging)[10], digital political content[11], virtual reality[12], open government and open data[13], the internet and human rights[14], and veterans issues[15]

Education[edit | edit source]

Wichowski has a BA from Connecticut College, studied in China on a Fulbright, and has a PhD in Information Science from the University at Albany College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (formerly College of Computing & Information). 

References[edit | edit source]

Category:Government officials Category:Fulbright Scholars Category:Columbia University faculty


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  1. Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs https://sipa.columbia.edu/faculty/alexis-wichowski-0
  2. ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexis_Wichowski
  3. "Google Scholar Citations". Google Scholar.
  4. City of New York Department of Veterans' Serviceshttps://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/about/alexis-wichowski.page
  5. ""The promises and perils of e-policy"". Columbia Global Centers: Santiago.
  6. Wichowski, A. ""Social Diplomacy, or how diplomats learned to stop worrying and love the tweet."". Foreign Affairs.
  7. "Secrecy is for losers: why diplomats should embrace openness to protect national security" https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286268358_'Secrecy_is_for_losers'_Why_diplomats_should_embrace_openness_to_protect_national_security
  8. Wichowski, A. ""What government can and should learn from hacker culture"". The Atlantic.
  9. Columbia Global Centers "Hacking the Bureaucracy" http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/hacking-bureaucracy
  10. Wichowski, A. ""Survival of the fittest tag: folksonomies, findability, and the evolution of information organization"". First Monday.
  11. Stromer-Galley & Wichowski. ""Political discussion online"" (PDF). Blackwell Handbook of Internet Studies.
  12. Johnson, J. & Wichowski, A. ""Immerse me: how to get lost in story (actual story not required)"". TechCrunch.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ""Open Data and the United Nations: experts reflect on current open data challenges within the UN and outline a path forward"". NYU GovLab.
  14. ""Massive Data Collection and Human Rights"". Global Digital Futures Policy Forum.
  15. Wichowski, A. ""How NYC invests in veterans"". Medium.