Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press (2018)


(with Pablo Boczkowski and Kirsten Foot, eds) Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2014)

Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2007; paperback, 2009)

winner of the Outstanding Book Award, 2009, International Communication Association (ICA)

winner of the Book Award for 2009, Communication and Information Technologies division of the American Sociological Association (CITASA)

Academic Publications

Gillespie, Tarleton. “Platforms are not Intermediaries.” Georgetown Law and Technology Review (v2n2, July 2018) [online]

Gillespie, Tarleton. “What Platforms Should do about Misogyny and Harassment.” In Mediating Misogyny: Gender, Technology, and Harassment, Jacqueline Vickery and Tracy Everbach, eds. Palgrave Macmillan (2018)

Gillespie, Tarleton. “Apps, App Stores, and the Offer of Visibility: The Case of Exodus International” In Appified, Jeremy Morris and Sarah Murray, eds. University of Michigan Press (forthcoming, November 2018).

Gillespie, Tarleton. “Regulation of and by platforms.” In SAGE Handbook of Social Media, Jean Burgess, Thomas Poell, and Alice Marwick, eds. London: Sage (2017): 254-278. [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton. “Algorithmically Recognizable: Santorum’s Google Problem and Google’s Santorum Problem.” Information, Communication, and Society (v20n1, 2017): 63-80. [journal]

republished in The Social Power of Algorithms, edited by David Beer: Routledge, 2018.

Gillespie, Tarleton. “#trendingistrending: when algorithms become culture.” In Robert Seyfert and Jonathan Roberge, eds. Algorithmic Cultures: Essays on Meaning, Performance and New Technologies. London: Routledge, 2016. [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton. “Algorithm.” In Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture. Ben Peters, ed. Princeton University Press, 2016: 18-30. [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton and Hector Postigo, “Introduction (Special Issue: Culture Digitally)” Social Media and Society (v1n2, 2015). [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton. “Platforms Intervene.” Social Media and Society (v1n1, 2015). [journal]

republished and extended in Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication (2nd ed), edited by Paul Messaris and Lee Humphreys: Peter Lang Publishing, 2017.

Gillespie, Tarleton and Mike Ananny, “Introduction (Special Issue: Association of Internet Researchers)” Information, Communication, & Society, (v18n3, 2015) 251-254. [archived]

Gillespie, Tarleton. “The Relevance of Algorithms.” In Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society, edited by Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot: MIT Press, 2014: 167-194. [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot. “Introduction.” In Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society, edited by Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot: MIT Press, 2014: 1-17. [pre-print]

Crawford, Kate and Tarleton Gillespie. “What is a Flag For? Social Media Reporting Tools and the Vocabulary of Complaint” New Media & Society (online: 2014) (v18n3, 2016) 410-428. [journal]

Jackson, Steve, Tarleton Gillespie, and Sandy Payette. “The Policy Knot: Re-integrating Policy, Practice and Design in CSCW Studies of Social Computing.” Proceedings of CSCW 2014 (New York: ACM Press): 588-602. [proceedings]

* Honorable Mention for Best Paper *

Clark, Jessica, Nick Couldry, Abigail T. De Kosnik, Tarleton Gillespie, Henry Jenkins, Christopher Kelty, Zizi Papacharissi, Alison Powell, and José van Dijck. “Participations | Part 5: PLATFORMS.” International Journal of Communication (v8, 2014) 1446–73. [journal]

Brunton, Finn Kevin Driscoll, and Tarleton Gillespie. “Spam, and the Challenge of Chasing Shadows.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, (v58n4, 2014) 687–697. [archived]

Humphreys, Lee, and Tarleton Gillespie, “Introduction (Special Issue: Association of Internet Researchers)” Information, Communication, & Society, (v17n3, 2014) 283-285. [archived]

Papacharissi, Zizi, Tom Streeter, and Tarleton Gillespie. “The Habitus of the New.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, v57n4, 2013: 596-607. [archived]

Couldry, Nick, Mary Gray, and Tarleton Gillespie. "Digital In/Justice" Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, v57n4, 2013: 608-617. [archived]

Gillespie, Tarleton. “Can an Algorithm Be Wrong?” Limn, v2, 2012. [journal]

Neff, Gina, Tim Jordan, Joshua McVeigh-Schultz, and Tarleton Gillespie. “Affordances, Technical Agency, and the Politics of Technologies of Cultural Production.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, v56n2, 2012: 299-313. [archived]

Braun, Josh and Tarleton Gillespie, “Hosting the Public Discourse, Hosting the Public: When Online News and Social Media Converge.” Journalism Practice (v5n4, 2011): 383-398. [archived]

Epstein, Dmitry, Erik Nisbet, and Tarleton Gillespie. “Who’s Responsible for the Digital Divide? Public Perceptions and Policy Implications.” The Information Society (v27n2, 2011): 92-104. [archived]

* Student Paper Award, 2011 Communication and Information Technology division of the American Sociological Association*

Gillespie, Tarleton. “The Politics of ‘Platforms.’” New Media & Society (v12n3, May 2010): 347-364. [pre-print]

republished in Blackwell Companion to New Media Dynamics, edited by John Hartley, Jean Burgess, and Axel Bruns: Blackwell Publishing, 2013.

republished in Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (4th ed), edited by Patricia Bella, Paul Berman, Brett Frischmann, and Daid Post: Westlaw, 2011.

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Characterizing Copyright in the Classroom: The Cultural Work of Anti-Piracy Campaigns." Communication, Culture, & Critique (v2n3, September 2009): 274-318. [journal]

republished in Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective, edited by Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, Martha Woodmansee: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Price Discrimination, Regional Coding, and the Shape of the Digital Commodity." In Structures of Participation in Digital Culture, edited by Joe Karaganis. Durham, NC: SSRC / Columbia University Press, 2008. [full-text]

Burk, Dan and Gillespie, Tarleton. “Autonomy and Morality in DRM and Anti-circumvention Law.” Triple C: Cognition, Communication, Cooperation. (v4n2, November 2006) [journal]

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Designed to ‘Effectively Frustrate’: Copyright, Technology, and the Agency of Users." New Media & Society (v8n4, August 2006): 651-669. [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Engineering a Principle: 'End-to-End' in the Design of the Internet." Social Studies of Science (v36n3, June 2006): 427-457. [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Copyright and Commerce: The DMCA, Trusted Systems, and the Stabilization of Distribution." The Information Society. (v20n4, September 2004): 239-254. [pre-print]

republished in New Media (Sage Benchmarks in Communication, 4 vol.), edited by Leah Lievrouw and Sonia Livingstone: Sage, 2009.

Gillespie, Tarleton. "The Stories Digital Tools Tell." In New Media: Theses on Convergence, Media, and Digital Reproduction, in John Caldwell and Anna Everett, 107-26. London: Routledge, 2003. [pre-print]

Mukerji, Chandra, and Tarleton Gillespie. "Recognizable Ambiguity: Cartoon Imagery and American Childhood in Animaniacs." In Symbolic Childhood, edited by Daniel Thomas Cook. New York: Peter Lang, 2002: 227-258. [pre-print]

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Narrative Control and Visual Polysemy: FOX Surveillance Specials and the Limits of Legitimation." The Velvet Light Trap (n45, Spring 2000): 36-49.


Josh O'Kane, "‘A convenient fiction:’ Author Tarleton Gillespie on Alex Jones and social media’s responsibility to moderate content." The Globe and Mail, August 9, 2018 (interview)

Henry Farrell, "Alex Jones was just banned from YouTube, Facebook and iTunes. Here’s how he managed to survive until now.." Washington Post, August 6, 2018 (interview)

Improving moderation. July 17, 2018. (expanded section from Chapter 8)

How social networks set the limits of what we can say online. Wired June 26, 2018 (includes material excerpted from Chapter 2)

Facebook and YouTube just got more transparent. What do we see? Nieman Journalism Lab (May 3, 2018)

The scale of moderation is unfathomable” LOGIC (April 2018)

Moderation is the Commodity. Techdirt (February 6, 2018)

Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms. Culture Digitally / Data & Society (January 4, 2018)

republished by Vox (January 12, 2018)

The platform metaphor, revisited. HIIG Science Blog (August 23, 2017).

reposted by Neiman Lab (August 25, 2017)

Facebook can’t moderate in secret any more. Culture Digitally / Data & Society (May 23, 2017).

Algorithms, clickworkers, and the befuddled fury around Facebook Trends. Culture Digitally (May 18, 2016).

reposted by Neiman Journalism Lab (May 19, 2016)

Facebook Trending: It’s made of people!! (but we should have already known that). Culture Digitally (May 9, 2016).

(with Nick Seaver) Critical Algorithm Studies: a Reading List. Social Media Collective (November 2015).

(with J. Nathan Matias, Suasn Benesch, Patrick Earley, Brian Keegan, Nathaniel Levy, and Erin Maher) Online Harassment Resource Guide. Wikimedia Meta-Wiki: Research (July 2015)

Facebook’s improved “Community Standards” still can’t resolve the central paradox. Culture Digitally (March 18, 2015).

(with Jessa Lingel) One Name to Rule Them All: Facebook’s Identity Problem. The Atlantic (October 2, 2014).

Facebook’s algorithm – why our assumptions are wrong, and our concerns are right. Culture Digitally (Jul 4, 2014).

A ‘pay it back tax’ on data brokers: a modest (and also politically untenable and impossibly naïve) proposal. Culture Digitally, Mar 18, 2014.

Tumblr, NSFW porn blogging, and the challenge of checkpoints. Culture Digitally (Jul 26, 2013).

Is Twitter us or them? #twitterfail and living somewhere between public commitment and private investment. Culture Digitally (Jul 31, 2012).

The Dirty Job of Keeping Facebook Clean. Culture Digitally (Feb 22, 2012).

reprinted in Salon (February 22, 2012)

SOPA and the strategy of forced invisibility. Culture Digitally (Jan 18, 2012).

Hypersexualized avatars; or, how to bring old media questions to new media worlds. Culture Digitally (Oct 21, 2011).

Our Misplaced Faith in Twitter Trends. Salon (Oct 19, 2011).

Book Review: Michael Strangelove, the Empire of Mind: Digital Piracy and the Anti-Capitalist Movement. New Media & Society 9, no. 3 (2007): 550-52.

Book Review: Steven Weber, The Success of Open Source. Isis 97, no. 3 (2006).

Everything to Everyone. Inside Higher Ed, January 27, 2006.

Between What's Right and What's Easy. Inside Higher Ed, October 21, 2005.

Toys R Us' Fragile Cartoon World... Animation World Magazine, (v4.7, October 1999).