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Philip N. Howard

2018-03-06T13:17:50+00:00 December 16th, 2014|

Philip N. Howard is the team's principal investigator. A professor and writer, he has written numerous empirical research articles, and published in a number of disciplines, on the use of digital media for both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. ...

The Production and Detection of Bots

2018-02-17T07:03:20+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Activities|

Abstract Political bots are manipulating public opinion over major social networking applications. This project enables a new team of social and information scientists to investigate the impact of automated scripts, commonly called bots, on social media. The PIs will study both the bot scripts and the people ...

Computational Propaganda

2018-02-17T06:55:33+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Activities|

Abstract Social media can have an impressive impact on civic engagement and political discourse. Yet increasingly we find political actors using digital media and automated scripts for social control. Computational propaganda—through bots, botnets, and algorithms—has become one of the most concerning impacts of technology innovation. ...

Restoring Trust in Social Media Civic Engagement

2018-02-16T21:47:12+00:00 February 16th, 2018|In the News|

Abstract Increasingly, social media platforms have become tools for manipulating public opinion during elections. Political actors make use of technological proxies in the form of proprietary algorithms and semi-automated social actors—political bots—in subtle at tempts to manipulate public opinion. Through the ERC COMPROP Consolidator award, ...

Coverage: Polarization, Partisanship, and Junk News

2018-02-15T09:52:50+00:00 February 11th, 2018|In the News|

The latest data memo by Vidya Narayanan, Vlad Barash, John Kelly, Bence Kollanyi, Lisa-Maria Neudert, and Phil Howard received extensive international coverage, including: The Guardian Washington Post Financial Times Newsweek McClatchy Mother Jones The Independent Toronto Star The Week Huffington Post Psychology Today   It also kicked ...

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption over Social Media in the US

2018-02-08T14:37:56+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

What kinds of social media users read junk news? We examine the distribution of the most significant sources of junk news in the three months before President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address. Drawing on a list of sources that consistently publish political ...

ICA 2018 Papers

2018-02-15T09:51:24+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Academic Articles|

Robert Gorwa and Doug Guilbeault will be representing the team and presenting a new paper at ICA 2018 in Prague. What are the challenges facing bot research today? How can policymakers tackle the new era of disinformation, if the very concept of what 'bots' are ...

Misinformation, Science and Media

2018-02-20T11:09:13+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Activities|

Abstract In this new, three-year programme, researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism will examine the interplay between systematic misinformation campaigns, news coverage, and increasingly important social media platforms for public understanding of science and technological innovation. In ...

Palo Alto Talk: Truth and Trust in Times of Junk News

2018-01-23T16:19:31+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Events, Impact, Presentations & Talks|

The past year has been dominated by stories of how junk news has influenced major political decisions on both sides of the Atlantic. Algorithms, automation and social media have become powerful tools for social movements, but also effective tools for social control. This short talk will ...