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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. She is the author of the book The Information Trade: How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights, and Transforms Our World, to be published by HarperCollins in January 2020[5]. Her primary research areas include social media and its impact on civil society[6], diplomacy[7] and national security[8], and "hacking the bureaucracy" [9][10]: government reform, with and without technology. Government work includes her current position as Associate Commissioner 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)[11], digital political content[12], virtual reality[13], open government and open data[14], the internet and human rights[15], and veterans issues[16] Wichowski has been published in WIRED[17], Foreign Affairs[18], The Atlantic[19], TechCrunch[20], GovExec[21], and The London School of Economics Review of Books[22] as well as contributed chapters to Routledge's Digital Diplomacy[23] and Wiley's Handbook of Internet Studies[24].

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). 

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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 Information Trade - Alexis Wichowski - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  6. ""The promises and perils of e-policy"". Columbia Global Centers: Santiago.
  7. Wichowski, A. ""Social Diplomacy, or how diplomats learned to stop worrying and love the tweet."". Foreign Affairs.
  8. "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
  9. Wichowski, A. ""What government can and should learn from hacker culture"". The Atlantic.
  10. Columbia Global Centers "Hacking the Bureaucracy" http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/hacking-bureaucracy
  11. Wichowski, A. ""Survival of the fittest tag: folksonomies, findability, and the evolution of information organization"". First Monday.
  12. Stromer-Galley & Wichowski. ""Political discussion online"" (PDF). Blackwell Handbook of Internet Studies.
  13. Johnson, J. & Wichowski, A. ""Immerse me: how to get lost in story (actual story not required)"". TechCrunch.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. ""Open Data and the United Nations: experts reflect on current open data challenges within the UN and outline a path forward"". NYU GovLab.
  15. ""Massive Data Collection and Human Rights"". Global Digital Futures Policy Forum.
  16. Wichowski, A. ""How NYC invests in veterans"". Medium.
  17. Wichowski, Alexis (2017-11-04). "Facebook and Google Are Actually 'Net States.' And They Rule the World". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  18. Wichowski, Alexis (2015-08-12). "Social Diplomacy". ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  19. Wichowski, Alexis (2013-10-25). "What Government Can and Should Learn From Hacker Culture". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  20. "Immerse Me: How To Get Lost In A Story (Story Not Required)". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  21. "Misery Loves Bureaucracy: Why Technology Hasn't Saved Government". Government Executive. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  22. July 18th; 2016|Africa; East, the Middle; Britain; Irel; Alumni, Contributions from LSE; Staff, Contributions from LSE; Students; reviews, International Relations book (2016-07-18). "Review Roundtable: Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age by Tom Fletcher". LSE Review of Books. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  23. "Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, 1st Edition (Paperback) - Routledge". Routledge.com. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  24. "The Handbook of Internet Studies". Wiley.com. Retrieved 2019-06-26.

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