Dr. Samuel Woolley is a writer, researcher and professor with a focus on emerging media technologies and propaganda. His work looks at how automation, algorithms and AI are leveraged for both freedom and control. His recent book, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth (PublicAffairs/Hachette, 2020) explores the future of digital disinformation across virtual reality, video, and other media tools. Crucially, it provides a pragmatic roadmap for how society can respond.
Woolley is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas-Austin. He a Knight Faculty Fellow and the Program Director of propaganda research at the Center for Media Engagement (CME) at UT. His academic work has appeared in numerous academic publications including: the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, the International Journal of Communication, the Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security, A Networked Self: Platforms, Stories, Connections and The Political Economy of Robots. He has written for popular venues including The Atlantic, Wired, The Guardian, Motherboard-Vice, and Tech Crunch. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and on Today, 60 Minutes and Frontline.