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(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

(2018). Current Challenges for Bot Policy and Foreign Interference. Campaign Legal Centre.

PDF Project

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).

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. Here’s the long version of the reading list.

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).