Commentary Essays

Wired: Bots Unite to Automate the Presidential Election
Commentary Essays / In The News

Wired: Bots Unite to Automate the Presidential Election

This originally appeared as “These are the Droids You’re Looking For:  Bots as a Tool For Journalism” by Samuel Woolley and Phil Howard in the May 2016 issue of Wired Magazine.   DONALD TRUMP UNDERSTANDS minority communities. Just ask Pepe Luis Lopez, Francisco Palma, and Alberto Contreras. These guys are […]

These are the Droids You’re Looking For:  Bots as a Tool For Journalism
Commentary Essays / Other Public Writing

These are the Droids You’re Looking For: Bots as a Tool For Journalism

This originally appeared as “These are the Droids You’re Looking For:  Bots as a Tool For Journalism” by Samuel Woolley and Phil Howard on the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance Blog.   In today’s data-saturated world journalists often struggle to report on many, if not most, of the […]

Idea to retire: A closed-platform Internet of Things
Commentary Essays / Other Public Writing

Idea to retire: A closed-platform Internet of Things

This appeared as “Idea to retire: A closed-platform Internet of Things” on the Brookings Institution’s TechTank blog. The Internet has gone through a major demographic transition: in the year 2015, the number of devices connected by the Internet surpassed the number of people connected by the Internet. Public policy makers need […]

Twitter Needs a “Terms of Sharing”
Commentary Essays / Other Public Writing

Twitter Needs a “Terms of Sharing”

This appeared as “Twitter Needs a Terms of Sharing” on Medium. Recently, some colleagues (wonderful team of @MCForelle, @saiphchen, @andresmh) and I came together to study the impact of bots on political life in Venezuela. There have been multiple stories over the years about the government there using automated scripts […]