Doctor of Philosophy Mariëlle Wijermars from the Aleksanteri Institute
of the University of Helsinki is research fellow at the Kolleg "Algorithmed Public Spheres" from February until May 2018.
Marielle works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute
and is primarily affiliated with the Russian Media Lab
. She is the co-founder of the recently launched seminar and research network Digital Russia Studies
. Her current research concerns media and internet governance in Russia, online freedom of speech and digital activism.
Previously, she lectured in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and defended her doctoral dissertation Memory Politics in Contemporary Russia: Television, Cinema and the State in 2016 at the University of Groningen (forthcoming with Routledge). Her research interests lie at the intersection of politics, political communication, mass and online media in contemporary Russia.
As an APS fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, she will conduct a study on Russian news aggregators in the period around the Russian presidential elections of March 2018. What has been the effect of Russia's “anti-fake news” regulation on news aggregators and what news items do (not) get displayed?