Robyn Caplan is a media and information policy scholar, with over 5 years experience conducting policy research in the non-profit sector. She is a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University (ABD, advisor Philip M. Napoli) in the School of Communication and Information Studies, and is an Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute, where she worked as a full-time researcher from 2015-2018, before leaving to complete her dissertation. She conducts research on issues related to platform governance and content standards. Her most recent work investigates the extent to which organizational dynamics at major platform companies impacts the development and enforcement of policy geared towards limiting disinformation and hate speech, and the impact of regulation, industry coordination, and advocacy can play in changing platform policies.
Her work has been published in journals such as First Monday, Big Data & Society, and Feminist Media Studies. She has had editorials featured in The New York Times, and her work has been featured by NBC’s THINK and Al Jazeera. Other than her work on platform governance and platform economics, she has conducted research on a variety of issues regarding data-centric technological development on society, including government data policies, media manipulation, and the use of data in policing.