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Jaron Harambam (PhD) is a transdisciplinary sociologist and Assistant Professor of Participatory AI at the Athena Institute (science & society) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

His research deals with conspiracy theories, news and platform politics, and AI (content moderation, search/recommender systems). Central to his research is the participation of multiple stakeholders to design our (future) digital worlds along democratic and public values.

His monograph "Contemporary Conspiracy Culture: Truth and Knowledge in an Era of Epistemic Instability" (2020) is out at Routledge. He was Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship holder at the Institute for Media Studies (KU Leuven, Belgium), worked before as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, being part of the multi-disciplinary Fair News Project studying the role of algorithms in news provision.

He defended his PhD (cum laude, highest distinction) October 2017 at the Rotterdam Centre for Cultural Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, titled: “The Truth Is Out There” – Conspiracy Culture in an Age of Epistemic Instability. He won the "Best Dissertation 2017-19" award of the Dutch Sociology Association (NSV).

He is editor-in-chief of the open-access Dutch-Belgian peer-reviewed journal Tijdschrift Sociologie, and member of the European network of scholars working on conspiracy theories, COST COMPACT.

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