The Computational Propaganda Research Project (COMPROP) investigates the interaction of algorithms, automation and politics. This work includes analysis of how tools like social media bots are used to manipulate public opinion by amplifying or repressing political content, disinformation, hate speech, and junk news.
We use perspectives from organizational sociology, human computer interaction, communication, information science, and political science to interpret and analyze the evidence we are gathering. Our project is based at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
Our team is researching the impact of algorithms and automation on public life. The project investigates how social media platforms are used to manipulate public opinion during elections. We do both big data analysis and ethnographic fieldwork to understand the full social and technical mechanism by which misinformation campaigns operate in moments when voters need high quality information to make decisions. The team has been actively disseminating research results and contributing to policy debates in countries around the world.
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For media, speaking, or other inquiries, please email us at comprop [at] oii.ox.ac.uk.