A draft of my recent work on leaked emails and political knowledge is now available for comment. Below is a copy of the abstract, for reference.
In scholarly and popular discourse, leaks have long been associated with transparency, but their potential as a source of disinformation has gone largely unexamined. The turmoil of the 2016 U.S. presidential election cast doubt on leaks’ association with the truth by demonstrating the potentially disorienting impact of leaked emails on political knowledge and discourse.
Some surprising news for those who spent the past year listening to me complain about writing my honors thesis: it’s time for round two!
Thanks to the initiative and support of Professor Francis Fukuyama, I’ll be spending some time in the coming year revisiting the research I pursued as an honors student with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Funding comes courtesy of the Knight Foundation, and my findings will eventually be made available in a report written for Stanford’s Project on Democracy and the Internet.