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Matti Nelimarkka is a political scientist with a background in computer science or a computer scientist who knows a bit how society works. His scholarly work focuses on digital and computational methods in social sciences, especially looking at the practices, reliability, and validity of these in social science. He applies digital, computational and increasingly design-based methods in political science and democracy related themes.

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Onni Aarne is a data science MSc student at the University of Helsinki, with a BSc in computer science. He is currently working with Long Play to bring algorithmic accountability reporting to Finland, and writing his master's thesis about that work. Ultimately, he is most interested in understanding the long-term impacts of AI systems on society, and how we could make sure that those impacts are positive. Previously he has worked on analyzing academic fields through analysis of publication networks, and applications of explainable AI to regulatory compliance.

Dr. Victoria Palacin is a researcher and technologist specialized in digital participation for sustainable development. Her current research focuses on understanding the unconscious ideologies that guide the design of digital democracy tools. This work is being done through the systematic deconstruction of digital platforms for public participation, and through participatory interventions with communities. She advances this work as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, and as a visiting fellow at Digital Curation Institute of the University of Toronto.

Previously she has been a fellow researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media and at the UN Digital Government Division. Where she has worked on developing data experiences and examining the participatory affordances of hackathons and e-democracy tools.

In her doctoral thesis, Victoria explored the link between online participation and human motives in digital citizen science platforms. Before her doctorate, Victoria was awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to specialize in sustainability and computation (Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Development). During this programme Victoria developed a deep interest in computational methods to study online participation as a way to build livable, sustainable, and participatory futures, these drove her to pursue her doctoral studies and to her current research work.

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Anton Berg is a doctoral researcher at the Helsinki Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences under the University of Helsinki. He is also part of the Mediatized Religious Populism project (MERELPO), funded by the Academy of Finland. Berg examines the connections between religion and datafication — especially phenomena such as religious populism on hybrid media platforms. His background is in religious studies, digital humanities and cognitive science. At Helsinki Social Computing Group, Berg examined the validity of computational image analysis tools.