About Alicia Wanless
La Generalista is the online pen name for Alicia Wanless.
Alicia researches how we shape — and are shaped — by a changing information space. With more than a decade of experience in researching and analysing the information environment, focusing on propaganda and information warfare, Alicia conducts content and network analysis, and has developed original models for identifying and analysing digital propaganda campaigns.
Alicia applies this learning to support government, military and major tech companies to develop policies and integrate information activities into training programs that better reflect how the information environment is manipulated.
She has shared her work and insights with senior government, military, industry leaders and academic experts at Wilton Park, the Munich Security Conference, Oxford University, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, the Hedayah Centre, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Alicia is currently a PhD Researcher at King’s College exploring alternative frameworks for understanding the information environment. She is the director of research at Alton Corp and the Co-Director of the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Alicia’s work has been featured in the CBC, Forbes, and The Strategy Bridge, and she has co-authored numerous academic papers and chapters related to propaganda.
In 2018, Alicia sat on programming committees for the conferences Social Media and Society, and RightsCon. She has also undertaken research on Facebook usage during the U.S. elections with Ryerson University’s Social Media Lab.