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Commentary: Samantha Bradshaw on Cambridge Analytica in the Globe and Mail

Samantha Bradshaw wrote a new opinion article for the Globe and Mail on data-protection and Cambridge Analytica: The revelations about Cambridge Analytica – the big data firm that misused Facebook data to target voters with propaganda – should have Canadian policymakers thinking seriously about how ...

2018-07-29T21:34:36+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Public Scholarship|

What to watch for when America’s tech giants testify on Russian hacking today

Sam Woolley and Doug Guilbeault wrote an article for Quartz which provides a breakdown of the recent testimony provided to congressional intelligence committees by Facebook, Twitter, and Google to the Senate. This week Twitter, Facebook, and Google will testify publicly before the US Congress about how the ...

2017-11-05T14:40:08+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Twitter has a serious bot problem, and Wikipedia might have the solution

Robert Gorwa wrote a new commentary essay for Quartz on Twitter's bot policy. Several research projects, including the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute (where I am a researcher), the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Lab, and the Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University have begun to document ...

2017-10-24T13:19:08+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news

Phil Howard and Bence Kollanyi wrote an opinion article for the Guardian, discussing the project's latest research and how social media companies could "design for deliberation." Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have begun to share evidence of how their platforms are used and ...

2017-10-05T15:06:25+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Hey politicians — don’t hate the internet, hate the game

Project members Sam Woolley and Nick Monaco wrote an opinion piece about bot regulation for TechCrunch. Policymakers’ animus against the internet isn’t new: it’s part of a long trend of suspicion about this medium that challenges all media. Their feelings toward regulation of the web are often ...

2017-08-15T16:56:30+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Facebook needs to be more open about its effect on democracy

A follow up opinion piece to the project's most recent UK General Election memo was written by John Gallacher and Monica Kaminska, and published in the Guardian. Facebook and Twitter fast became major electoral battlegrounds in the 2017 general election. It is here that campaigns ...

2017-06-13T11:06:21+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

The Most Important Lesson From the Dust-Up Over Trump’s Fake Twitter Followers

Project members Tim Hwang and Sam Woolley have a new article in Slate discussing bots that follow political candidates. Let’s be clear: Coordinated campaigns of misinformation and manipulation on social media are absolutely real and are becoming an increasingly prominent component of the online media ...

2017-06-02T13:53:30+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Public Scholarship|