The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Confusion Before the German Election: What Influence Does Fake News Have?

We are collaborating with our colleagues at the SNV and Reporters Without Borders on a ComProp Research Briefing in Berlin.  On October 20th we will present our latest evidence from our investigations of junk news and highly automated accounts in the German election.  Please register for the event here.

Cyber Populism & Cyber Troops (Chatham House, London)

With social media strategy now an essential component of electioneering worldwide, election campaigns have developed increasingly sophisticated methods of maximizing the impact that the internet can have on the electorate. One such method is the artificial manipulation of social media output through botnets – automated software used to flood these channels with propaganda. The 2016…

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Computational Propaganda Worldwide (London, Washington, Palo Alto)

Our team presented the latest research about the manipulation of public opinion over social media in London to launch our case study series on Computational Propaganda Worldwide. This briefing helped ground a group conversation about the prospects for improving deliberative democracy and provided a first look at the Lab’s most recent research findings from a…

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Algorithms, Automation and Politics (Fukuoka, Japan)

This is the first Workshop for the COMPROP project, and it will be organized as a pre-conference to the 2016 International Communication Association meetings in Fukuoka, Japan, on June 8th. Workshop Theme Recent research has revealed that political actors are using algorithms and automation in efforts to sway public opinion. In some circumstances, the ways…

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How To Think About Bots (New York)

Sam Woolley coordinated a workshop on the implications of bots for public life, bringing together a community of scholars, activists, artists and policy thinkers.  The group debated the implications of bots for public life, and he curated a collection of Points/talking bots.  “What is the Value of a Bot?” is a series of essays from…

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