Annie Waldherr is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Münster. Her research focuses on the impact of digitalization on our society by applying and developing computational methods in the social sciences.

Shira Dvir-Gvirsman is a Senior Lecturer (equivalent to an Assistant Professor) at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and is leading the Media User Interaction Lab (MUI Lab). Her research includes selective exposure and polarization in the Internet age, public opinion, political violence, and News dissemination online.

Homero Gil de Zúñiga holds the Medienwandel Professorship at University of Vienna, Austria, where he leads the Media Innovation Lab (MiLab). His research examines the influence of new technologies and digital media on the democratic process and on people’s daily life.

Torsten Zesch is as an Appointed Professor and chairholder of the Language Technology Lab at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, Co-president of the German Society for Computational Linguistics & Language Technology (GSCL), and Co-director of the Institute for Optional Studies (IOS) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research focuses on natural language processing and computational methods in social media contexts.

Björn Ross is a doctoral researcher at the department for Professional Communication in Electronic Media/Social Media. His research interests include Social Media Analytics, Information Diffusion, Social Network Analysis, and Predictive Analytics & Supervised Learning.

Christoph Bieber is the holder of the endowed Johann Wilhelm Welker Professorship for Ethics in Political Management and Society at the NRW School of Governance of the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His research interests include digital media, ethics, politics, popular culture.

Patrícia Rossini is a tenure-track Derby Fellow in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool, UK. Her research focuses on the interplay between digital technologies and political communication with an emphasis on incivility and intolerance.

Gina Masullo Chen is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Assistant Director of the Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the online conversation around the news, with a particular interest in incivility and political participation in the digital space. Before entering academe, she spent 20 years as an newspaper editor and reporter.

Karsten Weber is Co-Head of the Institute for Social Research and Technology Assessment (IST) and Head of the Laboratory for Technology Assessment and Applied Ethics (LaTE) at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) Regensburg (Technical University of Applied Sciences). Moreover, he is a honorary professor for Culture and Technology at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. His research includes ethics of technology, information ethics, social impacts of the Internet, political philosophy of new media, technology assessment, acceptance and usability research.

Tobias Rothmund is Professor for Psychology of Communication and Media Use at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. His research interests are located in the intersection between personality research, political psychology and mass media communication. Current work addresses topics such as right-wing populism, political ideology and justice sensitivity, justice perceptions in mass media communication, motivated science reception and media violence.