Dr. Susan Athey is a Professor of Economics at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She received her BA from Duke University in economics, mathematics, and computer science, and her PhD in economics from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She’s consulted for Microsoft Corporation since 2007, focusing on online services. Her current research covers the economics of the digital markets, including the design of auction-based marketplaces, internet search, online advertising, the news media, virtual currencies, and the statistical analysis of big data. Susan received the John Bates Clark Medal, which is awarded to the American economist under 40 judged to have made the most significant contribution to economics.
Allison Berke is the Executive Director of the Stanford Cyber Initiative.
James Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University where he is Professor of Communication, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) and Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy. His work focuses on deliberative democracy and democratic theory in books such as When the People Speak (2009), Deliberation Day (2004 with Bruce Ackerman) and Democracy and Deliberation (1991). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ashish Goel is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science at Stanford University, and a member of Stanford's Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. His research interests lie in the design, analysis, and applications of algorithms; current application areas of interest include social networks, participatory democracy, Internet commerce, and large scale data processing. He was a co-author on the paper that won the best paper award at WWW 2009, and an Edelman Laureate in 2014.