Tim was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and Computer Science at the Australian National University. His research combines computational methods with social theory to study online networks and platforms, with a particular interest in content production, ratings and rankings devices, and political bots. He is a Chief Investigator of an ARC Discovery Project that utilises large-scale hyperlink network analysis and web experiments to comparatively assess the web presence of 10 countries. He develops open source software tools for big data analysis, and has published in journals such as Information, Communication & Society, Information Polity, Big Data & Society, and Critical Social Policy.
Projects (Chief investigator)
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society
- Developing universal alert design principles beyond healthcare: A multi-industry analysis
- Government Web portals as government actors
- Investigating statistical and analytical approaches to linking online activities with offline events, and in online public spaces
- Socialbots and political actors? Autonomous communication technologies as tools and objects for digital sociology
- Unbiased bots that build bridges (U3B): Social bots that support deliberation and diversity as a chance for political discourse