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Nikki Bourassa is a Project Coordinator at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

She works on projects related to the phenomenon of harmful speech online and the effects of digital media on democracy. These projects build upon her background in international media development: she worked closely with civil society around the world to develop internet policy advocacy programs, and to implement digital security trainings for journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists. She graduated from Columbia University's Columbia College with a degree in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species, and can describe to you in detail the controversies and consensus around human migration to the Americas, the effects of chronic cocaine use on the skull, and the politics of primates.

Nikki loves running, rowing, doing yoga, struggling through the New York Times' Thursday crossword puzzles, exploring new places, and trying new things.


Projects & Tools

AI: Media and Information Quality

As autonomous systems play an increasing role in selecting the content we see online, questions arise about AI's influence on human judgment, opinions, and perceptions. More

Harmful Speech Online

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is in the third year of a research, policy analysis, and network building effort devoted to the study of harmful speech, in close… More

Media Cloud

Media Cloud is an open source, open data platform that allows researchers to answer complex quantitative and qualitative questions about the content of online media. More


Publications

Aug 16, 2017

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

In this study, we analyze both mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election. More


News

Jul 12, 2018

Understanding Media and Information Quality in an Age of Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Algorithms and Machine Learning

Technology can be a threat to the integrity and quality of media, but also a source of potential solutions. More