Robert Gorwa

Robert Gorwa is a CIGI fellow. He focuses on the politics of platform governance, the regulation of large technology multinationals, and the theory and practice of contemporary content moderation.

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Robert Gorwa is a CIGI fellow researching platform governance, content moderation and other transnational digital policy challenges. His ongoing doctoral work in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, brings global governance and regulatory scholarship into conversation with the latest “platform” studies and communication research. Robert’s research has been published in journals such as Information, Communication and Society, Big Data and Society and Internet Policy Review.

In 2019, he was a researcher working on digital media policy at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, and a fellow at both the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. In 2020, he was a fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG); he continues to work alongside his HIIG colleagues to establish an international network of platform governance researchers. Robert has held fellowships and other research positions at the Oxford Internet Institute, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia.

Robert contributes to the Los Angeles Review of Books and has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, WIRED and other popular outlets. He grew up in Vancouver and currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

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