Keynote speakers
Olessia Koltsova
Head of Laboratory for Internet Studies
Associate Professor, National Research University - Higher School of Economics

Olessia (Elena) Koltsova is an academic commited to interdicplinary data driven research and respective task-oriented teaching. As the director of Laboratory for Internet Studies, she leads various collective projects in the sphere of Internet and society, as well as in methods of large-scale automatic Internet data analysis for social science. In recent years, she has published on online community structure, user content topical composition and sentiment, relation of Internet to protests, electoral preferences, entrepreneurial success, and other topics. Her works have appeared in Internet & Policy, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Information Science and other leading journals. She is also the author of News Media and Power in Russia, Routledge, 2006.

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Internet Research in the Era of Closing Data: Lost Opportunities and Ways Out
Cornelius Puschmann
Senior Researcher, Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg
Cornelius Puschmann is a senior researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg where he coordinates the international research network Algorithmed Public Spheres, as well as an associate at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. He has previously been a visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, and a faculty associate at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Cornelius' research interests include online hate speech, the role of algorithms for public discourse, and methodological aspects of computational social science.

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Elena Sherstoboeva
Assistant Professor, National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russia
Elena is Assistant Professor at Higher School of Economics (Moscow). She holds PhD degrees from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) and Universidad de Ramon Llul (Spain) and had stage in University of Oxford (Annenberg-Oxford Program), University of Leeds, and University of Pennsylvania. Her works have appeared in International Journal of Communication and Problems of Post-Communism, among other publications. Her research and teaching interests are focused on media and Internet law in post-Soviet countries and the EU frameworks of Internet regulation.

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Internet Regulation in Russia and International Legal Standards for Freedom of Expression
Katharina Esau
Research Associate, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Katharina is research associate in Communication Studies at the University of Düsseldorf and part of the NRW Graduate School for Online Participation and the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy. Her research interests include digital democracy, online deliberation, online public sphere, and public opinion formation. Her current research project deals with online deliberation processes created by state actors on the local and regional level of government. Combining relational content analysis and sequence analysis, she investigates the interrelations between argumentation, narration, expression of emotion, and humour and how these fundamental forms of communication foster or impede reciprocity, reflexivity and empathy in online discussions. In Düsseldorf, Katharina lectures on democratic theory, public sphere theory, deliberation research, and deliberative design. Her works, i.a., have appeared in Communication Research, Internet & Policy, and International Communication Gazette.

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Listening in Online Political Discussions
(in collaboration with Dennis Frieß)
Natalia Konradova
Independent researcher, Berlin, Germany
Natalia holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Russian Institute for Cultural Research, Moscow, Russia (2001). Research areas: media archeology, digital anthropology, history of Russian Internet. Co-author and editor of the book Control + Shift. Public and private in the Russian Internet (2004). She has previously been a researcher at the Peter Szondi-Institut, Freie Universität, Berlin, at the project Andersdenken Digital. Social History of Early Russian Internet (the book to be published in 2019). Also serves on the editorial board of the online journal Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media.
How the Cold War has given birth to the Soviet Internet:
What we have (happily) forgotten about the first decades of the Net