Malka Older


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Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), as well as of short fiction, poetry, and essays. She speaks regularly at conferences in the US and internationally on data, democracy, and the power of narrative. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development and has responded to disasters and complex emergencies in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.

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