About La Generalista
La Generalista is the online identity of Alicia Wanless – a researcher and practitioner of strategic communications for social change in a Digital Age.
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 disinformation, Alicia conducts content and network analysis, and has developed original models for identifying and analysing digital propaganda campaigns.
Alicia applies this learning to integrating information activities in support of government and military training exercises.
Since 2017 alone, she shared her work and insights with senior government, military and academic experts at Wilton Park, Oxford and Ryerson Universities, the Hedayah Centre, NATO’s ARRC and the Multi National Information Operations Experiment, the NATO-USSOCOM Joint Senior PsyOps Conference, the UK’s JIAG, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Alicia currently sits 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.
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 including on: Strategic Leaking, Propaganda and Journalism; Participatory Propaganda; and Clicktavism. She will begin PhD studies at King’s College in 2018 comparing NATO and Russian approaches to information warfare.
View her LinkedIn profile for the complete job functions and extended tale.
Watch Alicia's TED Talk on Falling Down the Digital Rabbit Hole: