The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up

Should we fear or welcome the internet’s evolution? The “internet of things” is the rapidly growing network of everyday objects—eyeglasses, cars, thermostats—made smart with sensors and internet addresses. Soon we will live in a pervasive yet invisible network of everyday objects that communicate with one another. In this original and provocative book, Philip N. Howard…

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Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism

Phil Howard was featured in a New York Times story about online activism. The cyber social-justice movement is always brewing on Tumblr, and it picks up steam when shocking news hits the country or when protests take place offline. On Dec. 4, when a jury decided not to indict in the Eric Garner case, Tumblr…

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Bad News Bots: How Civil Society Can Combat Automated Online Propaganda

Sam Woolley and Phil Howard wrote an article for TechPresident on the political effects of bots. It’s no secret that governments and political actors now make use of social robots or bots—automated scripts that produce content and mimic real users. Faux social media accounts now spread pro-governmental messages, beef up web site follower numbers, and…

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Spammers, Scammers, and Trolls: Political Bot Manipulation

Sam Woolley wrote an article for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. What is relatively new and on the rise is the cunning use of social bots by politicians, astroturf activists, and ideological extremists. These “political” bots and the messages they produce represent a new form of discriminatory computational propaganda. Via targeted…

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New York Times: Hungary’s Crackdown on the Media

Phil Howard wrote an article for the New York Times about “Hungary’s Crackdown on the Press.“ The European Union faces a challenging conundrum. While Hungary has embarked on building Europe’s most controlled media system, the European Commission just agreed in August to provide the country with nearly 22 billion euros of economic assistance. Hungary has…

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Participation, Civics and Your Net Coffee Maker

Phil Howard’s wrote a response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2). Ethan Zuckerman’s essay on participatory civics offers a nice example of how to push ideas forward with both grounded and complex examples.  It’s a nicely crafted essay precisely because he…

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Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

Phil Howard wrote an article about bots and campaigns for Reuters. 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…

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