Political bots

Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics

New York Times: Hungary’s Crackdown on the Media

(This originally appeared in the NYT as “Hungary’s Crackdown on the Press“.) BUDAPEST — The European Union faces a challenging conundrum. While Hungary has embarked on building Europe’s most controlled media system, the European Commission just agreed in August to provide the country with nearly 22 billion euros of economic assistance. Hungary has become a…

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Participation, Civics and Your Net Coffee Maker

(This is the prepublication version of Principal Investigator Phil Howard’s response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2).  Final version, with Zuckerman’s essay and other responses, here.) Ethan Zuckerman’s essay on participatory civics offers a nice example of how to push ideas forward with…

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Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

Bots — chunks of computer code that generate messages and replicate themselves — have been infecting political discourse around the world. They have been spotted try to influence elections in the United Kingdom, Mexico and just recently, South Korea. Politicians there have been using bots to torment their opponents, muddle political conversations, and misdirect debate….

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