The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Can Social Media be Fixed?

Samantha Bradshaw appeared on BBC radio to discuss one of the hottest questions of the moment: ‘Can Social Media be Fixed’? Political manipulation and fake news have shaken trust in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to make 2018 the year of big changes on the social media giant….

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IRL Podcast: Bot Or Not

Lisa-Maria Neudert and Tim Hwang appeared on an episode of Mozilla’s ‘IRL Podcast’ to discuss the use of bots in politics. From politics to poetry, bots are playing an increasingly visible role in culture. Veronica Belmont investigates the rise of social media bots with Lauren Kunze and Jenn Schiffer. Butter.ai’s Jack Hirsch talks about what…

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Social media companies could face big fines in Germany if they don’t remove hate speech

Lisa-Maria Neudert spoke with Public Radio International about the German NetzDG hate speech law. “When we’re addressing issues of [fake news] and computational propaganda, a lot of the time that narrative is that we cannot regulate social media companies and we [that we] cannot put social media companies in a position where they are accountable,”…

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Russian tweets on Brexit were minimal, study shows

The project’s latest research was featured in the Financial Times. More than 100 Russia-linked Twitter accounts published posts about Brexit in the run-up to the UK referendum, according to independent research which adds to pressure on the messaging platform to publish its own analysis. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford university, sought…

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Did Russia Meddle in Brexit? A Social Media Study Casts Doubt

The project’s latest memo on Russian involvement in Brexit was covered in the New York Times. An academic study set to be released on Tuesday casts doubt on speculation that Russia might have exploited social media to try to influence Britain’s 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. Academics, lawmakers and journalists have raised the possibility that…

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‘Little evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit vote through social media, study finds

The project’s latest memo on Brexit was covered by Yahoo News. The Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford university, says that, despite the Kremlin exploiting Twitter and Facebook during the 2016 US election, it is not clear it meddled in the EU Referendum. MPs asked social media companies for details after suspicions were raised that Russia moved to influence a Leave…

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Foreign Policy: 2017 Global Thinkers

Phil Howard was named one of Foreign Policy’s top global thinkers of 2017, along with Alice Marwick from Data and Society/UNC! Howard heads the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford, an interdisciplinary research group that combines the methods of computer science, political science, and sociology to examine how the internet and social media can be used…

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Fingerprints of Russian Disinformation

Samantha Bradshaw spoke to the New York Times for a story touching on the history of social media manipulation. The Twitter bots that helped spread viral fake news during the election last year have now morphed into cyborgs, or accounts that blend automation with human curation, said Samantha Bradshaw, a researcher on the Computational Propaganda…

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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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ComProp Awarded 2017 Democracy Award by NDI

We are pleased to announce that our project has been awarded a 2017 Democracy Award by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Every year the NDI recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to democracy and human rights. This year, NDI will honor the Oxford Internet Institute and the Project on Computational Propaganda for its…

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