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An "An Xiao" Mina is a technologist, writer and artist. She leads the product team at Meedan, where they are building Check, a platform for collaboratively verifying news in real time, and Bridge, a platform for translating social media and messaging app content.

Check has played a key role in innovative digital journalism projects such as Electionland and CrossCheck, both of which won the Online Journalism Awards. She is also a co-founder at the Credibility Coalition, an effort to develop a standard for assessing content credibility online, and co-chair of the W3C Credible Web Community Group.

At Harvard University, Mina is an affiliate researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a recent 2016 Knight Visiting Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, where she studied online language barriers and their impact on journalism. Passionate about issues of global justice, technology and creative expression, she has spoken at venues like Creative Mornings, Harvard Law School, the Personal Democracy Forum, the International Journalism Festival, UC Berkeley, ACM SIGCHI, and AspenFILM at the Aspen Institute, and she has contributed writing to publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab and Fusion.

She is also co-founder of The Civic Beat, a global research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology. They have led workshops and exhibitions in spaces such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Mozilla Festival Open Artist Studio (curated by the V&A Museum and Tate Modern), the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, the ACLU and RightsCon, and they've been producing what Net Monitor called "the cutest map of the internet"—a world map of animal memes in collaboration with over a dozen internet culture researchers. She serves as contributing editor to Civicist, advisory editor to Hyperallergic, board member at China Residencies, and co-chair at the Online News Association's SF Bay Area chapter.

Mina is author of Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power (Beacon Press, January 2019). She is represented as an author and speaker by literary agent Rayhané Sanders at Massie McQuilkin.


Fast Company

Trump has Twitter. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is winning Instagram

“What’s striking about Ocasio-Cortez’s style is just how digitally native it seems."

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018
New York Magazine

An Xiao Mina on the Internet cold war

An American internet rife with hyperpartisanship and stratified along race, gender, and class lines, versus a Chinese internet tranquil and free of abuse

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018
Newsgeist 2018

Reality Television & Geopolitics

An Xiao Mina talks reality television and geopolitics at Newsgeist US 2018.

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
The Atlantic

How Misinfodemics Spread Disease

In this piece for The Atlantic, Natalie Gyenes and An Xiao Mina write, "Researchers are finding more and more that online misinformation fuels the spread of diseases such as tooth…

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018
the Atlantic

That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting

On the meme'ing of international diplomacy

Monday, Jun 11, 2018


Mar 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Fake News, Concrete Responses

At the Nexus of Law, Technology, and Social Narratives

Join us for a special Harvard Law School-Berkman Klein Fake News Lunch Panel moderated by Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School More

Mar 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The Things of the Internet

with Berkman Klein Fellow, An Xiao” Mina

What sorts of objects do new forms of hardware culture enable, and what role does the internet now play in all steps along the way, from ideation to sales to manufacturing to… More