Last updated on: 8/16/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Philip N. Howard, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and undermine trust in the media, public institutions, and science…

We have found evidence of formally organized social media manipulation campaigns in 48 countries, up from 28 countries last year. In each country there is at least one political party or government agency using social media to manipulate public opinion domestically. Much of this growth comes from countries where political parties are spreading disinformation during elections.”

Cowritten with Samantha Bradshaw, “Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,” Computational Propaganda Research Project website, 2018

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to social media. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to social media.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, Sep. 2015-present
  • Professor of Sociology, Information, and International Affairs, Oxford University
  • Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Coumbia University, June 2013-present
  • Academic Board Member, The Global Network Initiative, 2013-present
  • Professor, University of Washington, 2012-2016
  • Founding Professor, School of Public Policy, Central European University, July 2013-Aug.2015
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, Sep. 2012-Sep. 2013
  • Fellow, Princeton University, Feb. 2012-July 2013
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2008-2009
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, Northwestern University, 2002
  • MSc, London School of Economics, 1994
  • BA, Political Science, University of Toronto
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @pnhoward
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?