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

Fake News: A Technological Approach to Proving the Origins of Content, Using Blockchains

Abstract: In this article, we introduce a prototype of an innovative technology for proving the origins of captured digital media. In an era of fake news, when someone shows us a video or picture of some event, how can we trust its authenticity? It seems ...

2017-12-14T11:27:59+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

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|

Junk News on Military Affairs and National Security

Social media provides political news and information for both active duty military personnel and veterans. We analyze the subgroups of Twitter and Facebook users who spend time consuming junk news from websites that target US military personnel and veterans with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and other ...

2018-01-31T16:11:44+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

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|

Social Media, News and Political Information during the US Election: Was Polarizing Content Concentrated in Swing States?

US voters shared large volumes of polarizing political news and information in the form of links to content from Russian, WikiLeaks and junk news sources. Was this low quality political information distributed evenly around the country, or concentrated in swing states and particular parts of ...

2018-01-31T16:17:51+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

Automation and propaganda can significantly impact public life during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the 2017 German Parliamentary Election for a ten-day period in September 2017. We find ...

2018-01-31T16:14:08+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

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|

Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. In this working paper, we report on specific organizations created, often 8ith public money, to help define and manage what is in the best interest of the public. ...

2017-07-17T12:09:28+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|