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Research Scientist (Disinformation)
at Wikimedia Foundation
We’re hiring a Research Scientist strongly committed to the principles of free knowledge, open source and open data, transparency, privacy, and collaboration to join the Research team to conduct applied research on the integrity of content and disinformation in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. We’re accepting applications until August 31st with a start date by, or before, November 15th.
The surge of coordinated disinformation campaigns to infiltrate, disrupt, and co-opt movements, communities, and platforms is an important challenge for the integrity of the content in Wikimedia projects. At the same time, humans and machines rely on Wikipedia as a neutral arbiter of reliable information on the Web. Preserving the reliability of Wikipedia’s knowledge is therefore key in ensuring the integrity of the information propagating in the broader web.
You’ll work remotely with a distributed team, with members spread between Europe and North America. Here are some things we’ve worked on recently that might give you a better sense of what you could be working on:
Studying how content propagates across different Wikipedia languages, by predicting, given an article created in one language, what is the next language that will have the same article created.
Modeling content inconsistencies between Wikimedia projects by aligning Wikidata statements to sentences in Wikipedia articles through natural language processing techniques.
Designing algorithms to identify malicious actors such as sockpuppets, by detecting clusters of users behaving similarly.
Building a model to detect unsourced content in Wikipedia using machine learning, through neural network classifiers that can detect sentences needing citations based on their content. (paper)
Using qualitative methods to study Wikimedia communities and their patrolling techniques, to discover inner mechanisms of editor workflows to combat disinformation.
You can learn more about what we have done in the past six months by reading our biannual report.
You will be responsible for:
Contributing to the three directions of the team: addressing knowledge gaps on the Wikimedia projects, supporting the Wikimedia volunteers in improving content integrity, and building a more global community of Wikimedia researchers with a particular focus on improving content integrity and disinformation
Collaborating with other researchers, Wikimedia volunteers, and teams within the Wikimedia Foundation, including Legal, Trust and Safety, and Security teams to define disinformation and content integrity-related research projects
Designing and executing experiments to collect labeled data, large-scale data analysis and/or modeling and evaluation of machine learning methods
Discussing, documenting and communicating the process and results of your research publicly
Actively engaging in a collaborative, consensus-oriented environment and as part of a globally-distributed team and organization
Elevating the importance of critical open research questions as well as nurturing and growing the global network of Wikimedia researchers
Providing research consulting to the teams in the Wikimedia Foundation, affiliates, and the Wikimedia volunteers
Skills and experience:
PhD or MSc degree plus 1-2 years of related work experience in computer science, statistics, or related technical fields; PhD degree highly …
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