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Alessandro Vecchiato

Alessandro Vecchiato

Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Democracy and the Internet

Alessandro Vecchiato is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program for Democracy and the Internet at Stanford. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2019 with a dissertation on the impact of new media and technology on political outcomes, such as voters preferences, political participation and news consumption, and more broadly their impact on civil society. His postdoc fellowship project includes a number of studies aimed at understanding how to better design internet media, including social media and mobile communication app, to foster civil public dialogue and fight misinformation. His doctoral research has already used a custom-developed app, Dossier, to experiment on the best modalities to deliver new, and especially, to test the consequences of algorithmic biases online. During his postdoctoral time at Stanford, he plans to expand on this body of work to detect strategies and develop technological tools that citizens can use to receive more accurate and balanced news diets.