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Susan Ness, a distinguished fellow at APPC, is a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and the founder of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm. At APPC, she leads a high-level, transatlantic working group studying viral deception and hate speech online. Commissioner Ness served on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 2001, where she played a leading role on spectrum policy, and championed children’s educational television, competition, and new technologies. After her FCC service, she taught courses on domestic and global communications policy as a distinguished visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication. She serves on the board of TEGNA Inc, a NYSE-listed media company, and on the board of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an NGO that invests in women’s leadership worldwide. She is a distinguished fellow at the German Marshall Fund.