Below is a list of academic publications, reports, and conference papers. Further publication information can be found at Google Scholar.
Floridi, Luciano, Cowls, Josh et al. (2018). AI4People—An Ethical Framework for a Good AI Society: Opportunities, Risks, Principles, and Recommendations. Minds & Machines 28 (4), pp. 689–707.
Meyer, Eric T., Schroeder, Ralph, and Cowls, Josh (2016). The Net as a Knowledge Machine: How the Web Became Embedded in Research. New Media and Society, May 5, 2016.
Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2016). Causation, correlation, and big data in social science research. Policy & Internet 7 (4), pp. 447-472.
Fjeld, Morten, Woźniak, Paweł, Cowls, Josh and Nardi, Bonnie (2015). Ad-hoc encounters with big data: Engaging citizens in conversations around tabletops. First Monday 20 (2).
Taylor, Linnet, Cowls, Josh, Schroeder, Ralph and Meyer, Eric T. (2014). Big Data and Positive Change in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities. Policy & Internet6 (4), pp. 418-444.
Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2018). Tweeting All The Way To The White House.In Papacharissi, Zizi. and Boczkowski, Pablo (eds.), Trump and the Media. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Schroeder, Ralph and Cowls, Josh (2018). Big Data Approaches to the Analysis of Social Media. In Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup and Matthew Allen (eds.),The International Handbook of Internet Research.
Brügger, Niels, Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2018). The Historical Web as a Tool for Analysing Social Change. In Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup and Matthew Allen (eds.), The International Handbook of Internet Research.
Cowls, Josh (2017). Cultures of the UK Web. In Bruggers, Niels and Schroeder, Ralph (eds.), The Web as History.London: UCL Press.
Cowls, Josh and Bright, Jonathan (2017). International Hyperlinks in Online News Media.In Brügger, Niels and Schroeder, Ralph (eds.), The Web as History. London: UCL Press.
Meyer, Eric T., Yasseri, Taha, Hale, Scott A., Cowls, Josh, Schroeder, Ralph and Margetts, Helen (2017). Analysing the UK web domain and exploring 15 years of UK universities on the web.In Bruggers, Niels and Schroeder, Ralph (eds.), The Web as History. London: UCL Press.
Reports and reviews
Cowls, Josh and Higgins, Evan (2018).Review: The Internet Revolution in the Sciences and Humanities. Internet Histories.
Rubinstein, Mor, Cowls, Josh and Cath, Corinne (2016). OpenData.Innovation: An international journey to discover innovative uses of open data.Nesta.
Brown, Ian, and Cowls, Josh (2015). Check The Web: Assessing The Ethics And Politics Of Policing The Internet For Extremist Material. VOX-Pol Reports.
Conference papers and posters
Cowls, Josh (Forthcoming). The Silicon Cage: “Legitimate” governance 100 years after Weber. Accepted for presentation at Data Power Conference, September 2019, Bremen, Germany.
Cowls, Josh and Arthur, Katie (2019). From #MAGA to @AOC: Reflections on Radical Media in the Trump Era. Presented at Media in Transition, MIT, May 2019, Cambridge, MA.
Cowls, Josh, Higgins, Evan and Fendt, Kurt (2017). Active Archives: New Modes of Interaction with Online Archives. Poster presentation at Digital Humanities 2017, Montreal, Canada.
Nanni, Federico and Cowls, Josh (2016).The Potential and Perils of Election Prediction using Social Media Sources. Connected Life, June 2016, Oxford Internet Institute, UK.
Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2015). Big Data and Power: What’s New(s)? Data Power Conference, June 2015, University of Sheffield, UK.
Schroeder, Ralph, Cowls, Josh and Meyer, Eric T. (2015). Mining Data about the Public as a Tool for Policy. Policy-Making in the Big Data Era conference, June 2015, University of Cambridge, UK.
Cowls, Josh, Schroeder, Ralph and Meyer, Eric T. (2015). Untangling the Archived Web for Humanities Research. ‘Web Archives as Scholarly Sources’, June 2015, Aarhus, Denmark.
Cowls, Josh (2015). Using Big Data for Valid Research: three challenges. Big Data in a Transdisciplinary Perspective, Volkswagen Foundation Herrenhausen Conference, March 2015, Hannover, Germany.
Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2015) The Ethics of Given-off versus Captured Data in Digital Social Research. Workshop on Ethics for Studying Sociotechnical Systems in a Big Data World, CSCW 2015, March 2015, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Cowls, Josh (2014) The Crowd in the Cloud? Three challenges for gauging public opinion online.IPP2014: Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy, September 2014, Oxford, UK.
Cowls, Josh, Taylor, Linnet and Schroeder, Ralph (2014). Big Data for Social Change: An LMIC Perspective. Data Science for Social Good Workshop, KDD@Bloomberg’, August 2014, New York, NY, USA.
Schroeder, Ralph and Cowls, Josh (2014). Big Data, Ethics, and the Social Implications of Knowledge Production. Data Ethics Workshop, KDD@Bloomberg, August 24 2014, New York, NY, USA.
Hale, S.A., Yasseri, T., Cowls, J., Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R., and Margetts, H. (2014). Mapping the UK webspace: Fifteen years of British universities on the web. WebSci’14, Bloomington, IN, USA.