Claire Wardle

executive director First Draft

Claire Wardle is the co-founder and leader of First Draft, the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address mis- and disinformation. Under her leadership, First Draft has emerged as the global leader in combating mis- and dis-information online as a “think and do” tank. First Draft has conducted expansive on-the-ground work during international elections to identify false news stories most likely to spread, and blunting their force.

Previously, Claire was the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency, and Director of News Services for Storyful. She has worked with newsrooms and humanitarian organizations around the world, providing training and consultancy on digital transformation. She was responsible for the design and development of the social media training programme at the BBC, one that has been taken up by over 3000 staff, from senior managers, journalists, content producers, PR and Communications staff.

She is one of the world’s leading experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.

Claire earned a PhD in communications and an MA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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