Robert is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR). He is a political scientist with interests in platform governance and platform policy. With the project, his research focuses on both theoretical and policy-oriented approaches to social media manipulation. He’s interested in the various methodological approaches to studying bots, the history and theory of propaganda, and the contemporary technology policy and regulatory issues they raise. His writing on these topics, along with writing on technology and politics more generally, has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Wired (UK), Quartz, and other outlets.
He began working with the project as a graduate student at the OII (completing a MSc). He tweets at @rgorwa, and at @polbots (the project’s twitter account), and helps manage the ComProp project website.