Papers

(2018). Understanding Bots for Policy and Research: Challenges, Methods, and Solutions. Conference of the International Communication Association (Prague, May 24-28) * Top Student Paper, Communication and Technology.

Preprint Project

(2018). Current Challenges for Bot Policy and Foreign Interference. Campaign Legal Centre Report.

PDF Project

(2017). False Amplifiers and the Digital Public Sphere. Oxford Internet Institute: Computational Propaganda Working Paper.

PDF Project

Public Writing

Essays and Commentary

  • “Twitter has a serious bot problem, and Wikipedia might have the solution.” Quartz, October 23, 2017.
  • “Tinder Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of Political Bots.” Wired (UK) July 7, 2017 (with Doug Guilbeault).
  • “Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?” The Washington Post, May 20, 2017 (with Phil Howard).
  • “On the Internet, Nobody Knows That You’re A Russian Bot.” Council on Foreign Relations NetPolitics. March 20, 2017.
  • “The Security Risk Our Connected Devices Pose Urgently Requires a Policy Response.” OpenCanada, November 4, 2016.
  • “Quantum Leap: China’s Satellite and the New Arms Race.” Foreign Affairs, September 7, 2016 (with Taylor Owen).

Interviews

  • “Don’t Underestimate the Implications of Quantum Technology.” World Politics Review, October 3, 2016 (with Taylor Owen).
  • “Q&A: Will Plowright on the ethics of doing research in conflict zones, ‘reverse culture shock,’ and more.” The Envoy, October 31, 2015.

Teaching & Talks

During the summer of 2017, Taylor Owen and I put together a reading list for a graduate seminar at UBC titled ‘the Internet and Global Affairs’ (GPP 509), cross-listed between the Public Policy and Journalism schools. I helped Taylor design the course and had the privilege of providing some guest lectures and teaching support. Here’s the long version of the reading list.

I enjoy teaching: I have guest lectured for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia, the University of Miami, the College of Europe (Warsaw), and other universities.

I also enjoy giving talks and presenting my work. Memorable past events have been held at Data & Society, the Public Policy Forum, The Stanley Foundation, and Queen Elizabeth House.