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Here are the books, scholarly articles, conference papers, and public writing from our team.

Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

 The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and ...

2018-08-09T01:34:05+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

News and Political Information Consumption in Mexico: Mapping the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election on Twitter and Facebook

In Mexico, there are rising concerns over computational propaganda and the political polarization it may cause. In this data memo, we analyze data about political news and information shared over Twitter and Facebook in the period leading up to the 2018 Mexican presidential election. We ...

2018-06-29T18:06:36+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election

A new article by Phil Howard, Sam Woolley, and Ryan Calo was published in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.   Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election: The challenge of automated political communication for election law and administration Political communication ...

2018-07-29T21:34:26+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Academic Articles|

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|

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption over Social Media in the US

What kinds of social media users read junk news? We examine the distribution of the most significant sources of junk news in the three months before President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address. Drawing on a list of sources that consistently publish political ...

2018-07-29T21:34:50+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Computational Propaganda and Political Big Data: Moving Toward a More Critical Research Agenda

Computational propaganda has recently exploded into public consciousness. The U.S. presidential campaign of 2016 was marred by evidence, which continues to emerge, of targeted political propaganda and the use of bots to distribute political messages on social media. This computational propaganda is both a social ...

2017-12-14T11:49:45+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|