Claudia Flores-Saviaga is a Fellow at Facebook Research. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in the HCI Lab at West Virginia University. Her research involves the areas of Artificial Intelligence, 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. Her research has been covered by the Associated Press, Newsweek, and Buzzfeed.
Her research has caught the attention and has initiated collaborations with different think tanks and organizations such as the Wikimedia Foundation, the Atlantic Council, the National Democratic Institute, and the Organization of American States. Previously, Claudia worked as a technical adviser to the Governor of the State of Veracruz in Mexico and has provided technical advice to the presidency of Mexico. She is currently collaborating with Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fight political disinformation targeting LatinX immigrants. Claudia has a master’s degree in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).