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Event: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation (Chatham House, London)

With social media strategy now an essential component of electioneering worldwide, election campaigns have developed increasingly sophisticated methods of maximizing the impact that the internet can have on the electorate. One such method is the artificial manipulation of social media output through botnets – automated ...

2017-07-05T13:43:38+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Uncategorised|

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|

Junk News and Bots during the German Federal Presidency Election: What Were German Voters Sharing Over Twitter?

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 data on bot activity and junk news using ...

2017-03-26T23:55:54+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Uncategorised, Working Papers & Data Memos|

How pro-Trump Twitter bots are still manipulating the 2016 conversation

Our research on the 2016 US election was covered in the Daily Dot. According to a recent study released by a trio of researchers at Hungary’s Corvinus University, Oxford University in the U.K, and the University of Washington in Washington state, hashtags relating to the last general ...

2016-11-09T15:55:01+00:00 November 9th, 2016|In the News, Uncategorised|