Claudia Flores-Saviaga is a Fellow at Facebook Research. She is also a Ph.D. student in the HCI Lab at West Virginia University.
Her research involves the areas of AI, Crowdsourcing and Social Computing. She is interested in understanding how “bad actors” organize misinformation and propaganda messages, and how other citizens organize to debunk those manipulative campaigns. She uses this knowledge to then design intelligent systems that can fight disinformation at scale. She started her exploration of online spaces analyzing how political trolls were organizing during the 2016 US presidential elections. She developed novel probabilistic graphical models to uncover how the most active political trolls drove people to action. Her research has caught the attention and has initiated collaborations with different think tanks and organizations such as Wikimedia Foundation, the National Democratic Institute and the Organization of American States. Previously, Claudia worked as a technology adviser to the Governor of the State of Veracruz in Mexico and has provided technical advice to the presidency of Mexico. Claudia has a masters degree in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and collaborates with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).