The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Decades Later, Governments Still Wary of Social Media

Project member Gillian Bolsover contributed to this story published by the Voice of America.

When the dust settled, Iran published social media photos of protesters on a pro-Ahmadinejad website and circled their faces in red “in an attempt to identify individuals who participated in the protests,” said researcher Gillian Bolsover of the Oxford Internet Institute at the UK’s University of Oxford.

Social media, like any technology, can be used for good or ill, she noted. “It initially appears revolutionary but ends up being incorporated into existing power structures and benefiting existing power holders.”

Read the full article here.

Gillian BolsoverVoice of America

Robert Gorwa • 10th August 2017


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