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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Commentary and OpEds Men and women standing side by side in private voting booths, filling out election ballot papers, rear view.

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 […]

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Data Breaches in Europe 2005-2014

A growing number of massive data breaches are degrading the personal privacy of people around the world. Data security and privacy policy are ongoing concerns in Europe. But it can be difficult to assess privacy breaches in Europe in particular, since many of the biggest incidents of compromised personal records […]

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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 […]

Review in Financial Times
Book Reviews / Books / Publications

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 […]

Prezi:  Bots, Botnets and Political Culture
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Prezi: Bots, Botnets and Political Culture

A short Prezi on what bots are and how they impact public opinion.