Commentary Essays

Children watch their mother vote during the U.S. general election in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S. on November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
Commentary Essays / In The News / Reuters

Reuters: Facebook and Twitter’s real sin goes beyond spreading fake news

(This originally appeared as Facebook and Twitter’s real sin goes beyond spreading fake news.) Social media companies are taking heat for influencing the outcomes of the U.S. presidential election and Brexit referendum by allowing fake news, misinformation campaigns and hate speech to spread. But Facebook and Twitter’s real sin was […]

Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You
Commentary Essays

Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You

This appeared as “Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You” on the Foreign Policy website June 7th 2016.   The world’s cities are collecting ever-increasing amounts of data. It’s time for mechanisms to prevent abuse.   They call it “the Internet of Things” — the rapidly growing network of […]

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 […]