Thesis Title
The Life Stories of Bots in Reddit’s Platform Culture

Research Description
Dominique’s research explores the life stories of Reddit bots, examining how they came to be created, how they are used, and how they evolve over time. Recognising the capacity of bots to generate expressions of humour, skill, and creativity, Dominique examines the role that Reddit’s distinctive culture plays in fostering an environment that appears to welcome bot creation and use, as well as the influence that bots have in shaping or contributing to the platform environment. The intention of the study is to deliver a broader understanding of how and why bots operate in everyday life, and to identify the way online communities engage with bots and set norms and standards to navigate their existence. 

Prof Jean Burgess, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Ariadna Matamoros-Fernandez, Queensland University of Technology