Commentary Essays

Commentary Essays / In The News / Op Eds

CNN: What’s Stunning about the Misinformation Trend — and How to Fix it

This originally appeared as “What’s Stunning about the Misinformation Trend — and How to Fix it” in December 2021 in CNN Opinion.

Commentary Essays / In The News / Op Eds

Wired: To Quash Disinformation, Researchers Must Work With Journalists

This originally appeared as “To Quash Disinformation, Researchers Must Work With Journalists” in February 2021 in Wired. Exposing and fighting the problem requires drawing from reporters’ resources and reach.

Commentary Essays

Foreign Policy: Our Data, Ourselves

This article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of Foreign Policy magazine. Concentrated in a few hands, big data is a threat to democracy. Social media companies and political data-mining firms such as Cambridge Analytica have built their businesses by manipulating public life using personal data. Their work has helped heighten […]

Commentary Essays / In The News

Washington Post: Facebook has so much more to tell us

This originally appeared as “Facebook has so much more to tell us” and was written by my collaborator Bence Kollanyi and I. Facebook and Twitter have taken the important step of handing over thousands of ads to Congress that were bought and circulated by Russian strategists to influence our elections. […]