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6/24 Webinar on Junkipedia Disinformation Tool & Updated Census Bureau Communications Plan

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This webinar will focus on how organizations can use the Algorithmic Transparency Institute at National Conference on Citizenship’s disinformation tool, Junkipedia, in their census work. They will also be discussing the Census Bureau’s new updated communications plans, how their advertising campaign has expanded, especially with additional Asian language coverage, and been adapted to reflect the post-COVID 19 media environment. The webinar is recorded, and a recording and the presentation will be shared following the webinar. If you cannot join the live webinar, you can still RSVP to receive the recording afterwards.

This webinar will be interactive! Please bring a piece of misinformation about the census, pandemic, election, or protests. This could be an article, image, or social media post that contains information you know to be false, misleading, rumors, conspiracy theories, etc. Keep the link somewhere handy during the webinar so they can provide folks a demonstration on how to use the Junkipedia tool in their census work!


Maria Olmedo-Malagon is the Program Manager for the 2020 Census Communications Campaign at the U.S. Census Bureau. She specializes in working with federal agencies to create award-winning social marketing campaigns. Maria focuses in developing integrated communications programs that unify different influential areas of government to create change within federal entities. As the program manager of the 2020 Census Communications Campaign, she is responsible for the creative direction, message development, and program management of the campaign. Prior to this campaign, Maria has successfully worked with communications programs on the statistics, health, and emergency management arenas for almost 20 years. Her experience includes managing campaigns with budgets from $200,000 to $1 billion, developing partnerships with entities such as Walmart, 20th Century Fox, Facebook, and AARP.

Cameron Hickey is the Project Director for Algorithmic Transparency at the National Conference on Citizenship. He leads an effort to develop methodologies and tools for collecting and analyzing data to increase transparency about how large digital platforms impact society. Cameron was formerly a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School. As a fellow, he investigated the spread of mis- and dis-information on social media through the development of tools to identify and analyze problematic content. His work has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, NOVA, Bill Moyers, American Experience, WNET, and The New York Times.

Kaitlyn Dowling is Project Manager for Algorithmic Transparency at the National Conference on Citizenship. Kaitlyn’s background in digital communications includes serving as the Senior Editor in the Information Disorder Lab, housed in the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. In this role, she managed a team of researchers investigating and reporting out on political mis- and disinformation spreading on the social web leading up to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Kaitlyn has also worked with a variety of organizations in executing their communications strategies, including Harvard Law School and as Content Director of Women Online, a boutique digital PR and marketing firm. Her clients have included Obama for America 2012, Priorities USA, HSBC, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Kaitlyn graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire.

Karishma Shah is the Census Disinformation Project Coordinator at the Algorithmic Transparency Institute at the National Conference on Citizenship. She is also a Fellow at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. While pursuing a MPhil in International Relations and a Certification in Intermediate Arabic at the University of Oxford, her research focused on how tech companies were addressing problematic content like election interference and terrorist content on their platforms and how governments and international institutions were attempting to regulate the companies on these issues. Prior to Oxford, she received her B.A. degree at Harvard College where she joint concentrated (or double-majored) in Government and the Comparative Study of Religion with a minor in Economics and a Foreign Language Citation in Spanish.

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