Robert is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR). He is a political scientist with interests that lie at the intersection of the Internet, international relations, and political theory. 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 raised by media manipulation. 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 was previously a graduate student at the OII (completing a MSc) and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. He tweets at @rgorwa, and at @polbots (the project’s twitter account), and helps manage the ComProp project website.