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Alexei A. Baryshev, Ph.D. in Economics, is a researcher in the Laboratory of Big Data in Social Sciences at Tomsk State University and a Senior Lecturer in the Tomsk State University Department of Sociology. His dissertation was devoted to commodity production as a historic entity of human relations. Baryshev's interests include innovation management, institutional economics, the right-wing turn, actor-network theory, organization theory, and general theory of value. His recent interests focus on the specifics of network value created by entrepreneurs in an intellect-intensive environment. As a research fellow at the Laboratory of Big Data in Social Sciences, he heads a section that employs social network analysis and actor-network theory to study institutionalized corruption.

Elena Efimova is Doctor of Economic Science and a Professor in the World Economy Department at St. Petersburg State University (SPSU). Her research interests include regional economics, transport systems, and international business. She is the author of more than 100 monographs, handbooks, and papers in the fields of international economics and regional transport infrastructure. In 2014–17 she served as the expert adviser to the Scientific Council on Transport Issues under the "Directorate for Development of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Transport System." Efimova is author of selected chapters of the Development Strategy of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Transport Sysytem for the period up to 2030. She has been involved in many research and educational projects funded by the European Union, International Trading Center, and Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.

Viacheslav Goiko is head of the Laboratory of Big Data in Social Sciences at Tomsk State University. His general research interests include data mining and machine learning algorithms. He specializes in statistical analysis and Python language programming. His current work focuses on building programming tools that automate processes of data collection and text analysis.

Myra Ann Houser is Assistant Professor of History at Ouachita Baptist University. She has published in Atlantic Studies, History in Africa, and Safundi. She is currently revising a monograph chronicling the history of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Vitaliy V. Kashpur, Ph.D. in Sociology, is head of the Department of Sociology at Tomsk State University, Russia. He is a member of the Russian Society of Sociologists. His current research interests include studies of the right-wing turn and radical right communities, studies of online philanthropy, and big data analysis in social science. Since 2016, Kashpur as a coauthor has published 3 articles in Russian and 3 articles in English on these themes, including "Activity of Non-Parliamentary Opposition Communities in Social Networks in the Context of the Russian 2016 Parliamentary Election," East European Politics 34, no. 4 (2018).

Kaspars Klavins is a senior researcher in the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Latvia. He has been a visiting scholar on a Fulbright scholarship at Roosevelt University (USA), an adjunct research associate at Monash University (Australia), a research associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading (UK), a visiting professor at the University of Münster (Germany), and a professor of history and cross-cultural management at the Emirates College of Technology in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). For five years he worked as a professor at Riga Technical University (Latvia), where he taught courses in the philosophy of politics and property. Klavins has written about medieval history, the history of modern ideas, conflict resolution, German studies, ecology, Islamic civilization, Near East problematics, and Chinese and Korean history. His latest monograph, Communicating Vessels (2018), deals with many until recently less-discussed aspects in the context of East-West intercultural relations. Since 2017, Klavins has been deeply involved in the study of Korean culture and spirituality in cooperation with the Center for Korean Studies in Riga, Latvia. He participates in the Seed Programme for Korean Studies and the Ewha-Korea Foundation Global E-School Programme. Since 2018 Klavins has been a board member of the Baltic Association of Korean Studies.

Mikhail Myagkov is a data scientist (Ph.D...


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