Commentary Essays

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. […]

Commentary Essays / In The News / Op Eds

The Guardian: Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news

This originally appeared as “Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news” and was written by my collaborator Bence Kollanyi and I. Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have begun to share evidence of how their platforms are used and abused during elections. They have […]