Dr. Samuel C. Woolley is a writer and researcher specializing in the study of automation/AI, politics, persuasion and social media. He is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founding director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute for the Future, a fifty-year-old think-tank based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Woolley is co-founder and former research director of the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He has written articles for Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Motherboard, TechCrunch and Slate, and been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and BBC's News at Ten. Twitter: @samuelwoolley.
Long before most of the world had ever heard the terms disinformation , trolls , bots or fake news , Sam Woolley had begun to study systematically and scientifically, these new, destructive forces eroding democracy in the digital age. Reality Game synthesizes his deep and original knowledge on this subject into a readable, analytic, and compelling book. Scholars of computational propaganda, policymakers in Washington, Brussels, and the Silicon Valley, as well as all citizens of the world concerned about truth, facts, and democracy must read this book. * Michael McFaul, former US Ambassador to Russia and professor at Stanford University * This is a crucial book for understanding online misinformation, disinformation, and outright propaganda. Like a good doctor, Sam Woolley has given us an excellent diagnosis of this problem and laid out a treatment plan. Now it's up to politicians and the public to heed his timely advice.. * Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media * While the rest of us have been processing our shock at the fake news crisis, Sam Woolley has been anticipating what's coming next. This a mind-blowing and essential book for a future that's practically already here, whether we know it or not. This book scares the hell out of me, but if we listen to Woolley's wake-up call, then I also have hope. * Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World *