Samuel Woolley, WIRED

Samuel Woolley


Seattle, WA, United States

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  • Unknown
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Slate
  • The Guardian
  • Quartz
  • VICE
  • TechCrunch

Past articles by Samuel:

We Need to Know Who's Surveilling Protests—and Why

If it closes a loophole, the FAA can hold all drone operators accountable to transparency. → Read More

COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Threat to Privacy

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, political campaigns were racing to gather as much information about citizens’ whereabouts, habits, and beliefs as possible. → Read More

Social Media Giants Should Pay Up for Allowing Misinformation

Facebook, YouTube, et al. should pay into a $10 billion public trust that funds the institutions they've undermined: journalism, fact-checking, and media literacy. → Read More

A Propaganda Expert on 2016’s Lessons for the 2020 Campaign

The majority of technology used to spread political information online in 2020 will continue to be simple. → Read More

Twitter and Facebook Need Hotlines for People to Report Coordinated Harassment Campaigns

1-800-FB-REPORT. → Read More

Who will protect us from digital deception? Not tech companies

Technology companies have not found an adequate solution to the problem of digital deception – they must be regulated → Read More

Say goodbye to grassroots politics. The future is made of Astroturf

If the world we live in today is already being described as “post-truth,” how will it be described in 10 or 20 years? → Read More

The Bots That Are Changing Politics

A taxonomy of politibots, a swelling force in global elections that cannot be ignored. → Read More

What to watch for when America’s tech giants testify on Russian hacking today

This week Twitter, Facebook, and Google will testify publicly before the US Congress about how the Russian government manipulated public opinion during the 2016 US election. Today (Oct. 31) they will be grilled on terrorism and crime by a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, and tomorrow (Nov. 1) they will testify in front of the Senate and House Intelligence... → Read More

Social media bots threaten democracy. But we are not helpless

Ever-more sophisticated Facebook and Twitter bots can sway political opinions. We have the technology to counter this – we need the will to use it → Read More

Tech companies automate autocratic media in China around the world

When big tech bends its principles to limbo into Chinese markets, it encourages other Western companies and institutions to do so as well. → Read More

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Samuel Woolley

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Hey politicians — don’t hate the internet, hate the game

We must ask ourselves, what aspects of the Internet are intrinsic to democracy and are they divisible from those necessary for control? Freedom of speech and.. → Read More

The Most Important Lesson From the Dust-Up Over Trump’s Fake Twitter Followers

Did Donald Trump really gain 5 million fake Twitter followers in a day? It’s impossible to really say. → Read More

Bots aren’t just service tools—they’re a whole new form of media

There’s a good chance that the last time you added someone on Twitter, flirted on a dating app, or talked with a service representative online, you were not interacting with a human, but a bot. Political campaigns, hackers, and armchair activists are also using bots to attack journalists, spread misinformation, and demobilize opposition. For example, during... → Read More

Bots Unite to Automate the Presidential Election

Donald Trump understands minority communities. Just ask Pepe Luis Lopez. He's one of Trump's 7 million Twitter followers. One problem: he's not a person. → Read More

How Politicians Should and Shouldn’t Use Twitter Bots

Donald Trump knows the value of bombastic rhetoric, rash promises, and the brevity of 140 characters. The attention tycoon uses Twitter in a way that d ... → Read More