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Papers and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Papers

Roberts, Hal, Brittany Seymour, Sand Fish, Emily A. Robinson II, and Ethan Zuckerman. Digital health communication and global public influence: A study of the Ebola epidemic. Journal of Health Communication, Vol 22. August 2017.

Faris, Robert, Hal Roberts, Bruce Etling, Dalia Othman, and Yochai Benkler. The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate. International Journal of Communication. Volume 10. 2016.

Benkler, Yochai, Hal Roberts, Robert Faris, Alicia Solow-Niederman, and Bruce Etling. Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate. Political Communication. Volume 32. Issue 4. May 7 2015.

Other Papers

Faris, Rob, Hal Roberts, Bruce Etling, Nikki Bourassa, Ethan Zuckerman, and Yochai Benkler. Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Berkman Klein Publication Series. August 2017.

Etling, Bruce, Hal Roberts, and Robert Faris. Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere: The Role of Blogs, Mainstream Media, and TV in Russia’s Media Ecology. April 22, 2014

Murdoch, Steven J. and Hal Roberts. Internet Censorship and Control. IEEE Internet Computing, Volume 17, Number 3, May 2013.

Alexanyan, Karina, Vladimir Barash, Bruce Etling, Robert Faris, Urs Gasser, John Kelly, John G. Palfrey, and Hal Roberts. Exploring Russian Cyberspace: Digitally-Mediated Collective Action and the Networked Public Sphere. March 02, 2012.

Gasser, Urs, Rebekah Heacock, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts, and Ethan Zuckerman. Online Security in the Middle East and North Africa: A Survey of Perceptions, Knowledge and Practice. August 01, 2011.

Roberts, Hal, Ethan Zuckerman, and John G. Palfrey. 2011 Circumvention Tool Evaluation. August 01, 2011.

Roberts, Hal, Ethan Zuckerman, John G. Palfrey, Jillian York, and Robert Faris. The Evolving Landscape of Internet Control: A Summary of Our Recent Research and Recommendations. August 01, 2011.

Roberts, Hal, Ethan Zuckerman, Jillian York, Robert Faris, and John G. Palfrey. International Bloggers and Internet Control. August 01, 2011.

Zuckerman, Ethan, Hal Roberts, Ryan McGrady, Jillian York, and John G. Palfrey. 2010 Report on Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) Attacks. December 20, 2010.

Roberts, Hal, Ethan Zuckerman, Jillian York, Rob Faris, and John G. Palfrey. 2010 Circumvention Tool Usage Report. October 2010.

Roberts, Hal. Google AdWords as a Network of Grey Surveillance. Master’s Thesis. Science and Technology Studies. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. January 26, 2010.

Roberts, Hal, Rob Faris, and Stephanie Wang. China’s Green Dam: The Implications of Government Control Encroaching on the Home PC. Open Net Initiative Bulletin. May 2009.

Book Chapters

Roberts, Hal and John Palfrey. “The EU Data Retention Directive in an Era of Internet Surveillance.” Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace. Chapter 3. MIT Press. April 2010.

Roberts, Hal, Ethan Zuckerman, and John Palfrey. “Interconnected Contests: Distributed Denial of Service Attacks and Other Digital Control Measures in Asia.” Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace. Chapter 7. MIT Press. September 2011.

Edited Volumes

Murdoch, Steven J. and Hal Roberts editors. Internet Censorship and Control. IEEE Internet Computing, Volume 17, Number 3, May 2013.


Amazon’s terms of service and Wikileak’s censorship. The Guardian. December 2010.

Breaking Internet Censorship Will Take More Than Circumvention Tools. Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. November 2010.

Why Twitter Doesn’t Mean the End of Iranian Censorship. MIT Technology Review. June 2009.

Presentations and Panels

“Applying Network Science and Visualization Mapping for Improved Digital Public Health Communication”. with Brittany Seymour, Laura Gibson, and Rahul Bhargava. Conference on Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. December 2016.

“Examining tools for online public health media analysis: An Ebola case study.” with Brittany Seymour, Sands Fish, Emily Robinson, and Ethan Zuckerman. 2015 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. November 3, 2015.

“Civic Action On and Offline.” MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference: the story and the algorithm. MIT Center for Civic Media. June 2012.

“Technical Architectures of Censorship.” Yale Global Censorship Conference. Yale Law School. March 2012.

“Mapping Media Ecosystems.” Civic Media Session. MIT Center for Civic Media. November 2011.

“Mapping Local Internet Control.” IEEE Computer Communications Workshop. October 2011.

“International and multi-stakeholder cooperation on Internet resilience and stability.” Internet Freedom: From principles to global treaty law?. Council of Europe conference. April 2011.

“Media Cloud and Quantitative News Media Analysis.” CRCS Lunch Seminar. Center for Research on Computation and Society. November 2009.

“‘Citizen Gain’: The New, New Journalism and Governance.” Gov 2.0 Summit. September 2009.

“Circumvention Landscape Report: Methods, Tools, and Uses.” Chinese Internet Censorship Conference. May 2009.

“Human Rights: Databases, Data Sharing and Data Security.” The Soul of a New Machine: Human Rights, Technology, & New Media. Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley. May 2009.

“Watching Google AdWords: The Mysterious Mechanization of Meaning in the Google Brain.” Berkman Luncheon Series. Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. December 2008.

“H2O Playlists: A Social Bookmarking Tool for Education.” Educause Annual Conference. October 2005.