Alina Polyakova is president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Prior to joining CEPA, Polyakova was the founding director of the Project on Global Democracy and Emerging Technology and a fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, where she led the Foreign Policy program’s Democracy Working Group. Polyakova was part of the inaugural class of David M. Rubenstein fellows at Brookings. Her work examines Russian political warfare, European populism, digital authoritarianism, and the implications of emerging technologies to democracies. Polyakova's book, "The Dark Side of European Integration" (ibidem-Verlag and Columbia University Press, 2015) analyzed the rise of far-right political parties in Europe. She is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and commentator in major media outlets including Fox News, CNN, BBC, and Bloomberg, among others.
To what degree the Jigsaw experiment [of buying a social media disinformation campaign] really exposed that practice deserves scrutiny...[I] support the idea of the research in theory, but Jigsaw never published its results—and still hasn't, even now...I don’t think policymakers or your average citizen gets how dangerous this is, that the cost of entry is so low...As an experiment, I don't think this is a problem. What I do think is a problem is not actually publicizing it.