Research

Below is a selection of the research I have been involved in.

I am proud to practice public scholarship and publish my work in both academic and publicly accessible venues, dependent on the subject and relevance to current events. I have published in peer-reviewed journals and the popular press, and my work has been released in research reports by the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life.

Journal Articles

The Capricious Relationship Between Technology and Democracy: Analyzing public policy discussions in the UK and US. Policy & Internet. Barrett, B., Dommett, K., Kreiss D. (2021)

Democratic Tradeoffs: Platforms and Digital Political Advertising. Ohio State Technology and Law Journal. Kreiss, D. & Barrett, B. (2020)

Questionably Legal: Digital Politics and Foreign Propaganda. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. McGregor, S., Barrett B., Kreiss D. (2021)

Platform Transience: Changes in Facebook’s policies, procedures, and affordances in global electoral politics. Internet Policy Review. Barrett, B.* & Kreiss, D.* (2020). Authors contributed equally to this paper.

Engaged Scholarship

COVID-19 Shows How Hard It Will Be for Facebook and Twitter to Crack Down on Voting Misinformation. Slate. Barrett, B. (2020)

Enforcers of Truth: Social Media Platforms and Misinformation. A public report from the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life digital politics research group. Barrett, B., Kreiss, D., Reddi, M. (2020)

What we learned from Bloomberg’s online campaign. Lawfare. Barrett, B. (2020).

Political Advertising on Platforms in the United States: A brief primer. A public report from the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life digital politics research group. Barrett, B., Kreiss, D., Fox, A., Ekstrand, T. (2020).

The Rise of Platforms: The Rise of Platforms: Challenges, Tensions, and Critical Questions for Platform Governance. Public report for the the Social Science Research Council covering the Rise of Platforms post-conference of the 2019 annual International Communication Association conference. Adams, K., Barrett, B., Miller, M., & Edick., C. (2019).

How three presidential campaigns are putting supporters’ privacy at risk. Protego Press. Also featured article on Medium’s Election 2020, Privacy, and Cybersecurity channels. Barrett, B. (2019).

Media Coverage

Interviewed on CNN Newsroom’s segment “Conservatives Flock to Platforms Rife with Misinformation.” November 15th, 2020.

Quoted and cited in “How Social Media and Misinformation Complicate Journalism.” North Carolina News Daily. August 13th, 2020.

Quoted and cited in “On Social Media, Only Some Lies Are Against the Rules.” Consumer Reports. August 13th, 2020.

Quoted in “Twitter’s Labels for Trump Tweets Show Platforms’ Split Over Political Speech.” The Wall Street Journal. May 28th, 2020.

Cited in “The Real Reason Facebook Won’t Fact-Check Political Ads.” The New York Times. November 2nd, 2019.

Invited guest on the Lawfare Podcast’s Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation. “Bridget Barrett and Daniel Kreiss on the Chaos of Social Media Advertising.” Released February 27th, 2020.

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