An Xiao Mina

The power of media does not go automatically to those who are just or right, but to those who understand the affordances of the media and can wield its power most effectively.

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A visionary and sweeping history of the internet phenomenon. . . . Whatever your thoughts about our digitized world, this brilliant and original book will challenge them to evolve.
— Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, author of Rhythm Science
This is a thoughtful and engaging look at the complex role and power of memes in global politics and social movements and a worthy addition to media and internet studies collections.”

An “An Xiao” Mina is a technologist, writer and artist.  She is author of Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power (Beacon Press, 2019). Kirkus Review called it an “incisive and illuminating study,” and Booklist described it as a “thoughtful and engaging look at the complex role and power of memes in global politics and social movements.”

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. 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 and commentary to publications like the Atlantic, Quartz, New York Magazine, the Economist, Los Angeles Review of Books, Nieman Journalism Lab and BBC World Service.

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 award-winning digital journalism projects such as Verificado, Electionland and CrossCheck. 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.

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.



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