Janna Joceli Omena is a digital media doctoral researcher at UT Austin, Portugal Program (NOVA FCSH) and an invited lecturer at Information Management School (NOVA IMS), Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She develops her work at iNOVA Media Lab where she founded the SMART Data Sprint // Digital Media Winter Institute and coordinates the group Social Media Research Techniques (SMART). Besides theorising and practising digital methods, her main research interests are digital methods and technicity-of-the-mediums, digital networks studies, platforms and software studies.
Ana Marta M. Flores holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in journalism from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) with a partial completion at the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and is graduated in Social Communication & Journalism. Currently, investigates how trends studies and digital methods can contribute to a better understanding of innovation in Journalism. Flores is also a member of the Center for Studies and Production in Hypermedia Applied to Journalism (Nephi-Jor), and a researcher at Social Media Research Techniques at iNOVA Media Lab. Since 2014 she has been teaching in postgraduate courses in Brazil and Portugal with a focus on digital media.
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Elena Pilipets is a postdoc researcher at the Department of Media and Communication Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria and SMART (Social Media Research Techniques) collaborator with iNOVA Media Lab, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal. She earned her PhD degree in Media Theory and Cultural Studies (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt) and now works on the issues of social media circulation, algorithmic control, and affective engagement. Her teaching and research interests are media cultural studies, internet research, digital methods, affect, and actor-network theory.
Jason Chao is a technologist and human rights activist. Chao is currently a PhD student and researcher at the University of Siegen. His research interests include digital methods and app studies. He received an MSc in Big Data and Digital Futures from the University of Warwick and an MA in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London.
Rita Sepúlveda is a doctoral researcher in Communication Science (ISCTE-IUL) whose work focuses on the transformation of intimacy in the context of online dating platforms appropriation. She is a researcher at CIES-IUL collaborating with MediaLab_ISCTE on projects in the scope of misinformation and part of SMART (Social Media Research Techniques) team. She developed a particular interest in methodologies, namely digital methods, to study collective and dynamic expressions in digital space.