The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Spammers, Scammers, and Trolls: Political Bot Manipulation

(This originally appeared in the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation’s “Data and Discrimination: Collected Essays“) Social bots, bits of code that generate content and mimic real social media users, are nothing new. Since the launch of Friendster and MySpace, social networking platforms have regularly featured fake accounts. Savvy programmers, spammers, and promoters…

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New York Times: Hungary’s Crackdown on the Media

(This originally appeared in the NYT as “Hungary’s Crackdown on the Press“.) BUDAPEST — 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 become a…

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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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