Politico: The Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself Men and women standing side by side in private voting booths, filling out election ballot papers, rear view.
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Politico: The Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself

This appeared as “Politics won’t know what hit it:  The Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself” in Politico Magazine.   In the evolving conversation about the “Internet of Things” — the growth of networked everyday objects and the data they generate — analysts tend to focus on […]

Books Review in Financial Times

Review in Financial Times

This essay appeared originally in May on the Financial Times website and is by Felix Marton. The subject of this book — the emerging “internet of things” — could not be more timely and important; and its central premise — that this new stage in the evolution of the web […]

Academic Articles Participation, Civics and Your Next Coffee Maker

Participation, Civics and Your Next Coffee Maker

This is the prepublication version of my response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2).  Final version, with Zuckerman’s essay and other responses, here.   Ethan Zuckerman’s essay on participatory civics offers a nice example of how […]

Policy Papers

Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Social and political bots have a small but strategic role in Venezuelan political conversations. These automated scripts generate content through social media platforms and then interact with people. In this preliminary study on the use of political bots in Venezuela, we analyze the tweeting, following and retweeting patterns for the […]

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Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Social and political bots have a small but strategic role in Venezuelan political conversations. These automated scripts generate content through social media platforms and then interact with people. In this preliminary study on the use of political bots in Venezuela, we analyze the tweeting, following and retweeting patterns for the […]

Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain
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Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain

Contributed to an Associated Press story on the use of bots by Venezuelan political figures. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem.

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More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

Contributed to a Washington Post story on what impact changing Facebook profile photos does, and does not, have. “Profile picture campaigns are effective in showing the friends and family in your social network that you have some affinity for a political candidate or cause,” said Philip Howard, a sociologist at […]

Brookings:  How big is the Internet of Things and how big will it get?
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Brookings: How big is the Internet of Things and how big will it get?

This appeared in two parts for the Brookings Institution’s TechTank in June 2015.  Part 1 is called How big is the Internet of Things and how big will it get? and Part 2 is Sketching out the IoT Trendline.   New information technologies have transformed world politics, and not always for the […]