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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 […]

Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela
Academic Articles / Publications

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
In The News / Interviewed

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.

Men and women standing side by side in private voting booths, filling out election ballot papers, rear view.
Commentary Essays / In The News / News Feature / Other Public Writing

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 […]