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News and Political Information Consumption in Sweden: Mapping the 2018 Swedish General Election on Twitter

Abstract In Sweden, concerns over misinformation and computational propaganda and their effect on the democratic process are on the rise. In this data memo, we analyse political news and information shared over Twitter in the period leading up to the 2018 Swedish General Election. We ...

2018-09-06T00:11:09+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Chinese computational propaganda: automation, algorithms and the manipulation of information about Chinese politics on Twitter and Weibo

A new article by former project Post-Doc Gillian Bolsover and PI Phil Howard was published in Information, Communication, and Society. ABSTRACT A 2016 review of literature about automation, algorithms and politics identified China as the foremost area in which further research was needed because of ...

2018-09-07T22:05:01+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Academic Articles, Research|

Commentary: Lisa-Maria Neudert on smart bots

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots The battle against propaganda bots is an arm’s race for our democracy. It’s one we may be about to lose. Bots—simple computer scripts—were originally designed to automate repetitive tasks like organizing content or conducting network maintenance, ...

2018-08-24T23:57:57+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Public Scholarship|

Unpacking the Social Media Bot: A Typology to Guide Research and Policy

Robert Gorwa and Doug Guilbeault published a new article in the forthcoming special issue of Policy & Internet.  Abstract Amid widespread reports of digital influence operations during major elections, policymakers, scholars, and journalists have become increasingly interested in the political impact of social media bots. Most ...

2018-09-07T22:09:53+00:00 August 11th, 2018|Academic Articles, Research|

Phil Howard Provides Testimony for Senate Intelligence Committee

ComProp Principal Investigator, Professor Phil Howard, was in DC this week providing testimony for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The submitted written testimony, "Foreign Influence on Social Media Platforms: Perspectives from Third Party Social Media Experts" can be viewed online, along with a recording ...

2018-08-03T17:05:27+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Impact, In the News, Presentations & Talks|

Coverage: 2018 Inventory of Social Media Manipulation

The project's latest report, "Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation," was covered by McClatchy, the Washington Post, and other outlets.   McClatchy: Fake, misleading social media posts exploding globally, Oxford study finds Russia’s social media blitz to influence the 2016 ...

2018-08-03T17:10:02+00:00 July 26th, 2018|In the News|

Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

 The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and ...

2018-08-09T01:34:05+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|