The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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

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 introduce the latest research from the Oxford University team that…

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10 Things you wish you didn’t know about elections (and what to do about them)

Project PI Phil Howard spoke at an event hosted by the University’s Social Science Division to highlight projects across the university receiving ERC funding. The talk has been made into an interactive presentation accessible here.  

European Commission Multi-stakeholder Conference on Fake News

Lisa-Maria Neudert represented the project on a panel at the European Commission’s recent Multi-stakeholder Conference on Fake News, part of a large-scale consultation process on fake news currently being organized by the European Union. A full video of the event, including the panel featuring our research, is available here. (Lisa-Maria starts at around 40 minutes of the…

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Caught in the propaganda crossfire? Bots on social media.

Lisa-Maria Neudert gave a talk at re:publica 2017 in Berlin. Computational propaganda – the use of information technologies for political manipulation – is on the rise. Social bots are crucial instruments in digital attacks: During the US elections 20% of all Twitter traffic was generated by them; and Trump bots outnumbered Clinton bots 5:1. During…

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Politics, Propaganda, and Bots–The Changing Nature of Cyber Warfare

Sam Woolley was a member of a panel at the News Impact Summit on the theme, “Trolls, Corruption, Falsehood: Reporting ‘Truth’ in the Digital Age”. The event was held on Thursday 12 May 2016 at the Sheikh Zayed Theatre on the campus of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The video is available here.

Prezi: Campaign Bots & The Law

Here is an interactive Prezi on our recent paper “Campaign Bots & The Law”, authored by Ryan Calo, Lisa Manheim, Sam Woolley and Phil Howard. It was presented at the Yale Information Society Project’s “Unlocking the Black Box” conference, and we identify the ways in which bots, when used by political campaign managers, may make…

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Presentations at SXSW 2016

Project Researchers Samuel Woolley and Phil Howard presented twice at SXSW this year. There was a “Book Reading” of Pax Technica: The “internet of things” is the expanding network of everyday objects—you can expect some 35 billion connected devices by 2020. The internet won’t be about your mobile phone or laptop anymore, it will be dominated…

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Sam Woolley Speaks at Princeton

The project’s Sam Woolley presented some of the project’s research findings at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology and Policy. The video is available here.    

Prezi: Confronting Political Bot Attacks – Guidelines for Civil Society Leaders

Governments, militaries, and lone attackers increasingly use bots to attack civil society groups. This Prezi investigates how such groups should prepare and respond.    

Prezi: Creating Lasting Relationships Among Computer and Social Scientists

Here is an interactive Prezi about how the special collaborations within our project are going. We are tackling some important research questions, but doing so as a parity-based team of computer and social scientists.

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