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Lytvynenko Jane

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Jane Lytvynenko

Advisory Board
Master of Public Policy Program

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Jane Lytvynenko is widely recognized as an industry leader in disinformation research and reporting. For the last four years, Jane has been working at BuzzFeed News to investigate and uncover online manipulators looking to dupe regular people. Her work has focused on the rise of conspiracy theories, hyperpartisan news, cryptocurrency scams, and extremism globally.

During breaking news situations, Jane brings swift and accessible debunks to global audiences across mediums, including video, print, and social media. Many turn to her to sift truth from falsehoods in times of crisis.

Her investigative work has uncovered a secretive extremist organization operating in the US, disinformation network operators who manipulate social media on behalf of state actors, and online hucksters seeking to scam people out of their livelihoods. Jane has also shown how the online world can impact people offline and how politicians frequently profit from the disinformation environment.

Jane’s work has been frequently referenced by other heavy hitting news organizations, including the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Passionate about her field, Jane has invested into community mentorship, teaching reporters online investigations techniques through organizations like the Knight Foundation, the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization, and the Online News Association. She’s spoken about the issue of online disinformation during talks at SXSW, IAEA, TIFF, PEN America, and many other conferences. She’s taught how to spot disinformation to high school students through Civix and Girl Security and lectured at Harvard, NYU, and the University of Toronto.

In 2020, Jane won the prestigious Emerging Excellence award. The Digital Publishing Award jury called her “a global leader in debunking disinformation” and noted her “impact on global media and ability to lead and train others in this important field.”

Jane was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and resides in Toronto, Canada.