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Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

The project's research into the Brexit referendum was covered in the New Scientist. Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social media accounts that might be trying to ...

2016-06-22T22:33:19+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|In the News|

The Impact of Social Media on Political Debate (in Dutch)

The project's research was featured in the Dutch Newspaper de Volskskrant. Sociale media en politiek activisme: even bracht het democratie 2.0 voort. Via de digitale weg bleken politici als Alexander Pechtold en Frans Timmermans plots bereikbaar voor de gewone man. Meer dan eens zijn massaprotesten ...

2016-04-28T13:33:17+00:00 April 28th, 2016|In the News|

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the World of Bots, and the Journalistic Implications of Using Them

The project's research was covered by the Nieman Lab. Bot or not? Vice’s Motherboard has a piece up today — a “botifesto,” if you will (or if you must) — that gives a comprehensive rundown of just how useful, harmful, and ultimately inescapable bots are ...

2016-02-26T14:01:05+00:00 February 26th, 2016|In the News|

5 Countries That Use Bots to Spread Political Propaganda

The project's research was covered by Tech Insider. More recently, bots are being used by governments mimic social media users and manipulate public opinion. In 2015, more than 40 countries deployed political bots, says Samuel Woolley, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington. His team has logged more than ...

2015-12-16T14:56:37+00:00 December 16th, 2015|In the News|

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

Phil Howard was featured in a Washington Post story on digital activism. “Profile picture campaigns are effective in showing the friends and family in your social network that you have some affinity for a political candidate or cause,” said Philip Howard, a sociologist at the ...

2015-07-02T16:01:27+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|In the News|