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. For the past two years, I have been focusing on platform governance, publishing three academic articles: a literature review and conceptual map of the research landscape, a look at the intersection of automated decision-making and the politics of platform decisions, and a more focused exploration of the effects of ‘soft’ regulation through informal initiatives like codes of conduct.
Other than my writing on content moderation, I’m interested in the role of tech companies as increasingly important actors in global politics, and in scrutinizing efforts to research and regulate bots and other forms of social automation. 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.
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