Speakers

Megan Squire

Megan Squire

Professor, Elon University

Dr. Megan Squire is a professor in the department of Computer Science at Elon University (USA). She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science at Nova Southeastern University and B.A. in art history and public policy from The College of William and Mary. Her specialty is the application of data science techniques to understand radical right online communities, particularly as they exist on niche social media platforms. Her current focus is on reverse-engineering and analyzing financial networks, membership networks, and propaganda distribution networks on a variety of clandestine social media channels.

Squire is the author of two books on data cleaning and data mining, and over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including several Best Paper awards. She has been supported in her work through competitive grant funding from the National Science Foundation, the Computing Research Association, and others, as well as in-kind equipment and computing time donations from industry partners. In 2017 she was named the Elon University Distinguished Scholar. She is currently a Senior Fellow and head of the Technology Research Unit for the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right, and a Senior Fellow for data analytics at the Southern Poverty Law Center.