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Computational Propaganda in Germany: A Cautionary Tale

As part of our new country case study series, project member Lisa-Maria Neudert investigated computational propaganda in Germany. Political actors are using algorithms in efforts to sway public opinion. In some circumstances, the ways coded automation interacts with or affects human users are unforeseeable. In ...

2017-06-19T08:30:50+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Uncategorised, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Computational Propaganda in Canada: The Use of Political Bots

As part of our new country case study series, project members Fenwick McKelvey and Elizabeth Dubois investigated the use of political bots in Canada. Are bots active in Canada? Yes. Are they influential? Maybe. Using a combination of quantitative social media analysis, content analysis of ...

2017-06-19T08:30:29+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Computational Propaganda in China: An Alternative Model of a Widespread Practice

As part of our new country case study series, project member Gillian Bolsever investigated bots and other false amplifiers in China. Abstract: Computational propaganda is a growing issue in Western democracies, with evidence of online opinion manipulation orchestrated by robots, fake accounts and misinformation in ...

2017-06-19T08:30:09+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Computational Propaganda in Taiwan: Where Digital Democracy Meets Automated Autocracy

As part of our new country case study series, project member Nick Monaco investigated computational propaganda in Taiwan. Abstract: Taiwan is a country with a rich history and cultural ties to mainland China. Though there has been much research and effort dedicated to propaganda and ...

2017-06-19T08:30:07+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Computational Propaganda in Ukraine: Caught Between External Threats and Internal Challenges

As part of our new country case study series, project members Mariia Zhdanova and Dariya Orlova investigated the use of bots and other false amplifiers in Ukraine. Abstract: This working paper examines the state of computational propaganda in Ukraine, focusing on two major dimensions, Ukraine’s response ...

2017-06-19T08:28:30+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Computational Propaganda in Brazil: Social Bots During Elections

As part of our new country case study series, project member Dan Arnaudo investigated computational propaganda in Brazil. Abstract: Computational propaganda can take the form of automated accounts (bots) spreading information, algorithmic manipulation and the spread of fake news to shape public opinion, amongst other ...

2017-06-19T08:28:18+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Social Media and News Sources during the 2017 UK General Election

Platforms like Twitter and sources like Wikipedia are important parts of the information diet for many citizens. In this data memo, we analyse Twitter data on bot activity and junk news for a week in the final stages of campaigning of the 2017 UK General ...

2017-06-06T16:30:24+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the 2017 UK General Election

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news ...

2017-05-31T16:30:20+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the French Presidential Election (Round II)

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news ...

2017-05-05T11:55:11+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the French Presidential Election (Round I)

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news ...

2017-04-21T11:37:58+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|