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

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 ...

2018-04-15T05:02:36+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 ...

2018-03-23T16:43:05+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 ...

2018-02-08T14:37:56+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|

Social Bots: Human-Like by Means of Human Control?

Abstract: Social bots are currently regarded an influential but also somewhat mysterious factor in public discourse and opinion making. They are considered to be capable of massively distributing propaganda in social and online media, and their application is even suspected to be partly responsible for recent ...

2017-12-14T11:44:56+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

Japan’s 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism, and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda

Abstract: In this article, we present results on the identification and behavioral analysis of social bots in a sample of 542,584 Tweets, collected before and after Japan’s 2014 general election. Typical forms of bot activity include massive Retweeting and repeated posting of (nearly) the same message, ...

2017-12-14T11:42:29+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

Detecting Bots on Russian Political Twitter

Abstract: Automated and semiautomated Twitter accounts, bots, have recently gained significant public attention due to their potential interference in the political realm. In this study, we develop a methodology for detecting bots on Twitter using an ensemble of classifiers and apply it to study bot activity ...

2017-12-14T11:40:08+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|