Public Writing

Essays

  • “Facebook’s Decency Conundrum.” Wired Magazine (UK), November/December 2018.
  • “Platform Moderation and Its Discontents.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2018.
  • “Tinder Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of Political Bots.” Wired (UK), July 2017 (with Doug Guilbeault).
  • “Quantum Leap: China’s Satellite and the New Arms Race.” Foreign Affairs, September 2016 (with Taylor Owen).

Commentary

  • “Twitter has a serious bot problem, and Wikipedia might have the solution.” Quartz, October 23, 2017.
  • “Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?” The Washington Post, May 20, 2017 (with Phil Howard).
  • “On the Internet, Nobody Knows That You’re A Russian Bot.” Council on Foreign Relations NetPolitics. March 20, 2017.
  • “The Security Risk Our Connected Devices Pose Urgently Requires a Policy Response.” OpenCanada, November 4, 2016.
  • “Don’t Underestimate the Implications of Quantum Technology.” World Politics Review, October 3, 2016 (with Taylor Owen).

Research

Platform Governance

How do platforms govern, and how should they be governed?

Cybersecurity

How do private actors shape the global cybersecurity conversation?

Bots

What is the political economy of online automation?

Publications

Filter by Type

(2018). Geneva Calling: A Critical Analysis of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord. Hague Conference on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace, (The Hague, November 5-7).

Project

(2018). Unpacking the Ecosystem of Social Media Manipulation: A Polish Case Study. Computational Propaganda: Political Parties, Politicians, and Political Manipulation on Social Media, ed. Samuel Woolley and Philip Howard. Oxford University Press.

Project OUP Google Books

(2018). Studying Politically Vulnerable Communities Online: Ethical Dilemmas, Questions, and Solutions. ICWSM Workshop on Exploring Ethical Trade-offs in Social Media Research (Stanford, June 25).

arXiv

(2018). What Should We Do About Political Automation? Challenges for Policy and Research. International Communication Association (Prague, May 24-28).

Project arXiv

(2018). Current Challenges for Bot Policy and Foreign Interference. Washington, DC: Campaign Legal Centre.

Project Report

Teaching & Talks

During the summer of 2017, Taylor Owen and I put together a reading list for a graduate seminar at UBC titled ‘the Internet and Global Affairs’ (GPP 509), cross-listed between the Public Policy and Journalism schools. I helped Taylor design the course and had the privilege of providing guest lectures and teaching support in September 2017 and September 2018.

I enjoy teaching: I have guest lectured for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia, the University of Miami, the College of Europe (Warsaw), and other universities.

I also enjoy giving talks and presenting my work. Memorable past events have been held at Data & Society (New York), Concordia University’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (Montreal), the Public Policy Forum (Ottawa), The Stanley Foundation (DC), and Queen Elizabeth House (Oxford).