Misinformation and the Global Information Environment

Philip Howard

Philip Howard is a social scientist with expertise in technology, public policy, and international affairs. He is the Director of Oxford University’s Programme on Democracy and Technology, a Statutory Professor at Balliol College, and affiliated with the Departments of Politics and Sociology. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Howard has published widely on technology and the global information ecology, across a range of disciplines, including engineering, information science, sociology, law, and public policy, drawing on his degrees in political science, economics, and sociology. He is among a small number of scholars who have won awards from all three major academic associations for his work in political science, sociology, and information science. His research applies a diverse mix of behavioral, computational, and social research methods. His award-winning, interdisciplinary research in the behavioral, engineering, and social sciences has been funded with large grants from public science agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the European Research Council. His research appears in respected peer-reviewed journals, and books with prominent academic presses. He provides thought leadership on technology and public life through essays in outlets such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. In recent years he has been building and managing large research teams and departments—including the Oxford Internet Institute—through organizational vision, fiduciary responsibility, and new revenue-generating initiatives. He is a consultant to civil society groups, government, industry, and international institutions on contemporary technology and policy issues.


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