The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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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The Election Is Over, But Russian Disinformation Hasn’t Gone Away

Samantha Bradshaw spoke to PBS for a story on Russian influence in the 2016 US presidential election. Since the election, there has been a shift away from completely automated, bot accounts and a move toward “cyborg” accounts that are half human, half bot, according to Samantha Bradshaw, a researcher with the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford…

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Moscow Reacts To US-Russia Probe Arrests

Lisa-Maria Neudert spoke to the BBC for a radio episode discussing Russian involvement in the 2016 US election. The Kremlin says the investigation into last year’s US presidential election has nothing to do with Russia, but that Moscow is following the proceedings intently. Also in the programme: Facebook says 126 million Americans may have seen content…

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Putin’s Pro-Trump Trolls Just Targeted Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller

Samantha Bradshaw and Lisa-Maria Neudert spoke to a Mother Jones for a story which drew on the project’s work on polarizing information in swing states. “You can launch a disinformation campaign in the digital age and then all evidence of that campaign can just disappear,” says Samantha Bradshaw, a lead researcher in Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda…

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Russian propaganda engaged U.S. vets, troops on Twitter and Facebook, study finds

The project’s research on social media operations targeted against veterans was covered by McClatchy. The Oxford study categorized 12,413 Twitter users and 11,103 Facebook users whose social media messages referred to or carried content from one or more of the Russian-linked websites between April 2 and May 2, 2017. The researchers used sophisticated modeling in…

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Russian operatives used Twitter and Facebook to target veterans and military personnel, study says

The project’s latest memo on junk news and social media operations against veterans was covered in the Washington Post. They researchers also tracked information on several military-themed websites and used the traffic to these sites —  along with the Twitter data — to determine what Facebook accounts promoted similar content on publicly available pages. That yielded…

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Fake news rife on Twitter during election week, study from Oxford says

The project’s recent research on polarizing information shared in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered on CNN. Samantha Bradshaw appeared on CNN’s morning show to discuss. “Polarizing and conspiratorial junk news” was as prevalent on Twitter as news from legitimate outlets in the days immediately before and after the US presidential…

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Propaganda flowed heavily into battleground states around election, study says

The project’s latest research into polarizing information shared in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered in the Washington Post. Propaganda and other forms of “junk news” on Twitter flowed more heavily in a dozen battleground states than in the nation overall in the days immediately before and after the 2016 presidential…

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Fake News on Twitter Flooded Swing States That Helped Trump Win

The project’s latest research on politicized information and the 2016 US election was covered in Mother Jones. Millions of tweets were flying furiously in the final days leading up to the 2016 US presidential election. And in closely fought battleground states that would prove key to Donald Trump’s victory, they were more likely than elsewhere in…

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