OUR TEAM

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KARIN ZHU

Research Associate

Specialty areas:

  • Platform regulation of digital communities 

  • App store regulation

  • Hate speech and alt-tech regulation 

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VICTOR BASTOS

Research Associate

Specialty areas:

  • Digital policies of social networks 

  • Data surveillance debates

  • Freedom of speech in the digital age 

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JINGXIAN YOU

Affiliate Researcher

Specialty areas:

  •  Smart cities 

  • Apps and data surveillance

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DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL POLICY INITIATIVE
PROFESSOR INGRID VOLKMER

Ingrid Volkmer is a Professor at the University of Melbourne, specialised in Digital Communication, Globalisation and Digital Policy. She has authored a ground-breaking study with the WHO on Millenial and Gen Z consumption of COVID-19 news and has been appointed to the expert group on AI governance by the OECD in 2019 and the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) by Fondation Maison des Science de L'Homme, Paris. She has also been involved in policy advising for the WHO, OECD, UNESCO and the European Union and leads the International Digital Policy Initiative at the University of Melbourne. 

Overall, Professor Volkmer's research is focused on how digital communications, from splinter platforms to apps, and big data are impacting transnational communication. Her work addresses these new models in a broad range of areas: from the public communication of COVID-19 and the emerging splinter platform ecosystem to the development of new frameworks for transnational digital and data policy and its implications for politics and international relations. She held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Harvard, MIT, University of Vienna, and the University of Amsterdam.