Robert is a DPhil student in the Department of Politics and International Relations. His doctoral work looks at the effects of technology on various international relations phenomena, with a focus on the Internet and its implications for international security, diplomacy, and conflict. He is particularly interested in the way that governments and other actors use social media to exert international influence. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and a MSc from the Oxford Internet Institute, where he focused on the politics, policy, and political economy of social bots.
His writing on technology and politics has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Wired, and other outlets, and he is the author of the recent project report on political bots and disinformation in Poland. He tweets occasionally at @rgorwa, more frequently at @polbots (the project’s twitter account), and manages the ComProp project website. His PGP key can be found here.