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Kalev Leetaru
Arlington, Virginia, United States


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My Biography

One of Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013, Kalev is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Prior to that he was the Yahoo! Fellow in Residence of International Values, Communications Technology & the Global Internet at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he was also adjunct faculty, as well as a Council Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. Kalev has been an invited speaker throughout the world, from the United Nations to the Library of Congress, Harvard to Stanford, Sydney to Singapore, while his work has appeared in the presses of more than 100 nations and from Nature to the New York Times. From one of the first holistic studies of the geography of social media, which helped set off the arms race to map social, to the first television show live-controlled by the audience's emotional response to its characters, which set numerous records for social engagement with a television show, from one of the largest deployments of sentiment analysis (more than 4,500 emotions and themes applied to all monitored global news), to the first deployment of whole-of-earth realtime machine translation (live translating all monitored global news media in 65 languages), from the first realtime mapping of emotion in social media, to the creation of one of the largest historical image collections from half a billion pages of digitized books spanning 500 years and 1,000 libraries, from the first full-scale maps of the geography and emotion of television news, to the first socio-cultural analysis of the world's academic literature, spanning 50 years and more than 21 billion words, from the first at-scale socio-cultural studies of the open web, exploring billions of PDFs, to the pioneering use of emotion in forecasting conflict, Kalev's work focuses on redefining how we think about information at scale and how we define the boundaries of the "big data" era. Using some of largest datasets and computing platforms on the planet, and leveraging the massive data-centric capabilities of Google Cloud Platform, Kalev focuses on how to reimagine how we use data to understand the world around us at scales and in ways never before imagined.