The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Participation, Civics and Your Net Coffee Maker

(This is the prepublication version of Principal Investigator Phil Howard’s response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2).  Final version, with Zuckerman’s essay and other responses, here.) Ethan Zuckerman’s essay on participatory civics offers a nice example of how to push ideas forward with…

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Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

Bots — chunks of computer code that generate messages and replicate themselves — have been infecting political discourse around the world. They have been spotted try to influence elections in the United Kingdom, Mexico and just recently, South Korea. Politicians there have been using bots to torment their opponents, muddle political conversations, and misdirect debate….

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