Political bots

Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics

Venezuela Ruling Party Leverages Twitter bots as Censorship Pushes Political Debate Online

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem. The socialist South American leader regularly sets social media afire with support, with heavily trending anti-U.S. campaigns such #ObamaYankeeGoHome and #ObamaRepealTheExecutiveOrder, which denounced U.S….

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Ecuador is Spending Millions on Malware, Pro-Government Trolls

(This originally appeared as #HackingTeam Leaks: Ecuador is Spending Millions on Malware, Pro-Government Trolls” on Global Voices Advocacy) Three Ecuadorian media sites experienced incapacitating online attacks last month, just minutes after they published evidence of an association between the Ecuadorian government and the surveillance technology company Hacking Team. News and commentary websites including Plan V and Gkillcity, along with the…

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More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

In the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage a right nationwide, a whopping 26 million people slapped a rainbow flag over their Facebook photos to “celebrate pride.” The movement, fomented by a photo-editing tool that Facebook launched Friday, is a response to major news events that we’ve seen before: Profile…

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The Internet of Things is Poised to Change Democracy Itself

(This appeared as “Politics won’t know what hit it:  The Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself” in Politico Magazine.) In the evolving conversation about the “Internet of Things” — the growth of networked everyday objects and the data they generate — analysts tend to focus on business opportunity, or the security risks,…

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Sketching out the Internet of Things Trendline

The Internet of Things is hard to track. As I point out in Pax Technica , what makes it hard to estimate the size of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the fact that the addressing system for devices is changing. The Carna Bot found 1.3 billion devices with an IPv4 address in 2012. Engineers…

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How Big Is The Internet of Things and how Big Will It Get?

New information technologies have transformed world politics, and not always for the better. Even trying to understand how technology connects us reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet. To understand what the Internet is becoming, let’s start with some basic questions—how big is it and how big will it be? The word “botnet” comes…

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Review: Pax Technica, by Philip Howard

The subject of this book — the emerging “internet of things” — could not be more timely and important; and its central premise — that this new stage in the evolution of the web has political implications that will match or even outstrip its commercial ones — is both striking and convincing. Nearly 30 years…

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Bring on the Bots

 (This originally appeared as “Bring on the Bots” on Civicist) Bots—particularly bots on social media—can’t seem to catch a break in the news lately. First, the Block Bot, a program designed to help Twitter users weed-out disliked content and people, simultaneously fell afoul of Richard Dawkins, members of the conservative press, and legal pundits. Next, an…

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CHI ’15 Presentation

Graduate Researcher Norah Abokhodair gave a presentation in South Korea on her planned dissertation research at CHI ’15 entitled “Transmigrant Saudi Arabian Youth and Social Media: Privacy, Intimacy and Freedom of Expression.”  The  submission was published in the Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems and  is available…

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