Women in the Digital World
21-22 April 2022
Columbia University, New York

Women in the digital world is a conference organized jointly by:

  • The Technology, Media and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York and 
  • Audencia in Nantes-Paris

The aim of the conference is to bring together a diversified public of scholars and practitioners interested in the relationship between women and digital media. 

In recent years, awareness has grown about the place of women in the digital world. While social media has created spaces for women to find each other and unite against harassment and gender-based violence, it is also a contested site, with women being the victims of trolling and bullying.

In an age of polarization and war where digital violence is the norm and political speech is often false and toxic, join us for  an in-person discussion of Women in the Digital World.
Scholars from around the globe, as well as journalists and activists,  meet to discuss women's speech online,  combating the racial and gender bias of algorithms, digital violence, regulating big tech  and disinformation in Russia's war on Ukraine.

Short program

Thursday April, 21


Friday April, 22

Please also check  the Special Issue in Information, Communication and Society Volume 24, Issue 14 (2021)


Please see full program

Keynote Speaker

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business” (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016. Her new book, “Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles – And All of Us,” about the 20 year rise of platform technology and how it has reshaped economics, politics, and society, is out November 5th, 2019.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar spent 6 years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center.  She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Foroohar graduated in 1992 from Barnard College, Columbia University.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the author John Sedgwick, and her two children. 

Karolina Koc-Michalska is a Professor at Audencia (France), Associated Professor at University of Silesia (Poland) and Associate Researcher at Sciences-Po Paris.

She manages a large comparative survey studies in the UK, US, Poland and France concentrating on societal changes in the digitally advanced societies (responsible citizenship). She is working on a large set of trace data concentrating on communicational strategies (populism, personalization) employed by political parties. Her research concentrates on political participation, digital inequalities, and mobilization effects. She is involved in a study on political communication in 28 EU countries during the European Parliament elections (2009-2014-2019) and OPTED project (Horizon 2020).  

She has published her research in peer-reviewed journal and edited several special issues dedicated to political engagement and communication (New Media and Society, Political Communication, Information, Communication and Society, Social Science Computer Review and Journal of Information Technology and Politics).

Anya Schiffrin is the director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Her research includes investigative journalism in the Global South, African reporting on oil and mining, business sustainability for media startups in the Global South, and media trust and online disinformation. Schiffrin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999–2000. Schiffrin is on the Global Board of the Open Society Foundations and the advistory board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the American Assembly. Her most recent books are African Muckraking: 75 Years of African Investigative Journalism (Jacana 2017) and Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World (New Press, 2014).

Rachel Gibson, Professor Manchester University

Farai Chideya, Ford Foundation, Creativity and Free Expression team

Bruce Bimber, Professor, University California Santa Barbara

Efrat Nechushtai, Journalism School Columbia University

Room TBD

International Affairs building

420 West 118th st

New York City, NY 10027

Closest  subway stop is the #1 train at 116th st and Broadway


Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the train to IAB.

Please mind that the full vaccination policy is still in place.