Laura Edelson co-leads the Cybersecurity for Democracy project at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering where she is also a postdoctoral researcher. Edelson is a computer scientist with expertise in large online networks and extensive real-world experience building big data machine learning augmented systems. Her current research involves large-scale analysis of online paid political content on major platforms, such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and the development of methods to detect inauthentic content and fraudulent actors. She also currently serves as the Chief Technologist of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Previously, Edelson was a software engineer for Palantir and Factset. During her time in industry, her work focused on applied machine learning and big data.