Media and Communication Department, London School of Economics and Political Science
Gregory Asmolov is a PhD candidate at the Media and Communication department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His PhD research investigates the role of crowdsourcing platforms in natural disasters. In particular he is interested how similar Internet platforms and applications are used in order address the same crisis situations (e.g. floods, wildfires, missing people) in different countries. (For list of his publications please check: http://lse.academia.edu/Asmolov ). Gregory is a visiting lecturer at Media and Communication department at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He conducts trainings and gives lectures about social and political role of new media, and in particular role of crowdsourcing for addressing social issues. He has consulted on information technology, new media, and social media projects for The World Bank and Internews Network, and worked as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Gregory is a co-founder of Help Map, a crowdsourcing platform, which was used to coordinate assistance to victims of wildfires in Russia in 2010 and won a Russian National Internet Award for best project in the "State and Society" category. He also participated in development of crowdsourcing platform for coordination of mutual aid in crisis situations Rynda.org and a number of other projects. Gregory has previously worked as a journalist for major Russian newspapers Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta, and served as news editor and analyst for Israeli TV.
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