Olessia (Elena) Koltsova is an academic commited to interdicplinary data driven research and respective task-oriented teaching. As the director of Laboratory for Internet Studies, she leads various collective projects in the sphere of Internet and society, as well as in methods of large-scale automatic Internet data analysis for social science. In recent years, she has published on online community structure, user content topical composition and sentiment, relation of Internet to protests, electoral preferences, entrepreneurial success, and other topics. Her works have appeared in Internet & Policy, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Information Science and other leading journals. She is also the author of News Media and Power in Russia, Routledge, 2006.