People

Marko Ala-Fossi is a university lecturer in Journalism at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences of Tampere University. His research interests include media and communication policy, public service media in Europe and social shaping of new media technologies.

Anette Alén-Savikko is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. Her expertise covers ICT law, with an emphasis on copyright and data protection. She examines law, media, and digitalization in an interdisciplinary fashion. She has been involved in many EU-wide studies and corresponds for the European Audiovisual Observatory.

Minna Aslama Horowitz is a Docent at the University of Helsinki, a Fellow at St. John’s University, New York, and the Expert on Advocacy and Digital Rights at the Central European University, Budapest. Horowitz researches and publishes on public media policies, digital rights, and media activism.

Jenni Hakkarainen is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law of University of Helsinki and an affiliated researcher at the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab. In her PhD, she examines implications of networked power in digital environments and ways of maintaining due process in privatized decision making. She is currently looking into the role of internet platforms in moderating content on social media. Hakkarainen is involved in research projects on algorithmic decision making led by Riikka Koulu.

Juha Herkman (PI, Helsinki) is a Professor at the University of Helsinki and a PI of the Academy of Finland–funded consortium Mainstreaming Populism in the Twenty-First Century (MAPO, 2017–2021). His main research interests involve the relationship between the media and power, as well as political communication.

Jockum Hildén is finalizing his PhD on the legislative process of the General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include privacy and the implementation of data protection regulation, EU media regulation, policy, and lobbying, internet governance, and the dynamics of the online advertising economy.

Ilmari Hiltunen is a doctoral candidate of journalism at the University of Tampere. His PhD project (2016–2020) focuses on external interference, threats, and harassment experienced by Finnish journalists. His research interests include journalistic autonomy, professionalism, ethics, and safety of journalists. He has previously studied populist online counter-media and fake news in the Finnish media sphere.

Kari Karppinen is a university lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include media and communication policy, conceptions of media freedom and pluralism, media and democracy, and digital rights.

Riikka Koulu is assistant professor in Law and Digitalization at the University of Helsinki, a member of the digital humanities center HELDIG, and director of the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab, a research hub located in the law faculty. Her research interests include algorithmic fairness, autonomous decision making, and the governance and conflict management of data-driven technologies.

Katja Lehtisaari is adjunct professor (title of docent) and university lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has coordinated projects on researching business models of journalism and is specialized in comparative analyses of media business, media policy, and journalism.

Riku Neuvonen is a university lecturer in Public Law at the University of Tampere. He has published several books, book chapters, and articles on freedom of expression, privacy, and the regulation of the media. Neuvonen is a member of the Law & Media networks, which bring together experts in Media Law and the Media from Nordic and Baltic countries. He is also a member of the research group Reconfiguring Privacy – A Study of the Political Foundations of Privacy Regulation. Neuvonen has worked as an expert in several roles in legislative processes.

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Outi Puukko is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Helsinki. Her PhD project focuses on civil society actors’ role in the digital rights discourse. Her research interests include media activism, social justice, and digital rights movements.

Reeta Pöyhtäri works as a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University and at University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests and publications are related to rights-based questions in the digital media environment and include freedom of expression, hate speech and cyber-violence, migration in the media, the safety of journalists, and journalistic ethics and practices. She also worked as a freedom of expression expert at UNESCO from 2014 to 2016. She is connected to the international WJS project and network.

Esa Reunanen (PI, Tampere) is a senior researcher at Tampere University. His research has focused on the mediatization of politics and the political public sphere. He has recently studied Finnish journalists’ freedom and obligation to present their own opinions about political issues, and the kinds of pressures the current media environment exerts on politicians.

Esa Sirkkunen works as a senior researcher at Tampere University. He has published more than 60 scientific articles, books, reports, and papers on the genres of journalism, online journalism, online communities, social media, the business models of online journalism, privacy online, and online surveillance.