Jo Pierson, Ph.D., is Full Professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium (Faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School) and Principal Investigator at the research centre SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology). In this position, he is in charge of the research unit ‘Data, Privacy & Empowerment’, in close cooperation with imec. He holds the VUB Chair in ‘Data Protection on the Ground’. His main research expertise is in online platforms, algorithms, data privacy and user innovation. Since 2016 he is elected member of the International Council and member of the Scholarly Review Committee of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).
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