July 8, 2018


Here’s the paper I wrote with Dr. Clare Hooper on A Villain’s Guide To Social Media and Web Science.

If we have not yet achieved planetary super-villainy on the desktop, it may be feasible to fit it into a suburban office suite. Social media and Web science permit the modern villain to deploy traditional cruelties to great and surprising effect. Because the impact of villainous techniques is radically asymmetric, our fetid plots are difficult and costly to foil.

This is no laughing matter: much of our recent research in social media is chiefly beneficial to malefactors.

I think this is the most significant paper I’ve written.