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Karine Nahon is an associate professor in the Information School at University of Washington, and in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. She is the director of the Virality of Information (retroV) research group and a member of the Social Media Lab (SoMe Lab), former director of the Center for Information & Society, adjunct faculty at the department of Communication and affiliated faculty at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement at University of Washington.
Her research focuses on politics of information and information policy. More specifically, she studies five intertwined areas: (1) information flows (2) network gatekeeping; (3) digital divide/s and inequalities; and (4) cultured technology and (5) Open Government. Her academic background is rooted in multiple disciplines: Political science, computer science, information science, sociology and Management of Information Systems. Karine Nahon is the author of the book Going Viral (with Jeff Hemsley). The book won the ASIS&T Best Information Science Book Award. Her papers are published in top-tier journals like JASIS&T, ARIST, JCMC, The Information Society and Information, Communication & Society. She developed well-recognized theoretical frameworks like Network Gatekeeping Theory.
Karine serves as an expert in decision-making forums (nationally and internationally) and is publicly active on topics of open government. She acts as a member of the Israeli CIO (Chief Information Officer) Cabinet, and board member of NGOs that promote transparency and accountability like the Freedom of Information Movement, the Workshop for Open Knowledge and Wikimedia in Israel. In the past she represented Israel in the UN in the committee for science and technology.