My work brings perspectives from political science and international relations together with a range of interdisciplinary approaches to digital media research, in an effort to better understand the politics behind various recent tech policy issues. Over the course of my PhD, I have published a handful of academic articles on the broad topic of platform regulation: a literature review and conceptual map of the platform governance research landscape, a look at the intersection of automated decision-making and content moderation, an exploration of the effects of ‘soft’ platform regulation through informal initiatives (like codes of conduct, or voluntary efforts), a chapter on the theory and practice of transparency as a form of platform regulation, and an analysis of the challenges of crafting research and policy to address the percieved problem of social media bots.
Other than my writing on content moderation and platform regulation, I’m broadly interested in the role of tech companies as increasingly important actors in global politics. I contribute to the Los Angeles Review of Books and have written about these topics for Wired UK, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and other outlets. I’m working to create an international network of researchers working on platform governance, regulation, and moderation.
In 2020-2021, I’ve been working with colleagues in an effort to plant the seeds for a Platform Governance Research Network.
A quick snapshot of major projects and topics