The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Botifesto: How To Think About Bots

This originally appeared as “How to Think About Bots” by Samuel Woolley, danah boyd, Meredith Broussard, Madeleine Elish, Lainna Fader, Tim Hwang, Alexis Lloyd, Gilad Lotan, Luis Daniel Placios, Allison Parrish, Gilad Rosner, Saiph Savage, and Samantha Shorey on February 23rd 2016 on Motherboard. We live in a world of bots. Generally speaking, these sets of…

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the World of Bots, and the Journalistic Implications of Using Them

Bot or not? Vice’s Motherboard has a piece up today — a “botifesto,” if you will (or if you must) — that gives a comprehensive rundown of just how useful, harmful, and ultimately inescapable bots are to our digital lives. Bots, “[g]enerally speaking these sets of algorithms are responsible for so much on the backend…

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Essays on Data & Society Points

Sam Woolley curated a collection of Points/talking bots.  “What is the Value of a Bot?” is a series of essays from a  week-long workshop at Data & Society that led by “Provocateur-in-Residence” Sam Woolley.  The workshop brought together a group of experts to get a better grip on the questions that bots raise for public…

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Prezi: Confronting Political Bot Attacks – Guidelines for Civil Society Leaders

Governments, militaries, and lone attackers increasingly use bots to attack civil society groups. How should such groups prepare and respond?

Prezi: Creating Lasting Relationships Among Computer and Social Scientists

Here is an interactive Prezi about how the special collaborations within our project are going. We are tackling some important research questions, but doing so as a parity-based team of computer and social scientists.

Prezi: About the Project

Here is an interactive Prezi describing the goals, work plan and initial findings of the Computational Propaganda Research Project.

Preconference Call for Papers: Algorithms, Automation and Politics

The international Politicalbots.org team will be meeting in Fukuoka, Japan in June 2016.  We invite other researchers who plan to come to the International Communications Association meetings to join us for a preconference on “Algorithms, Automation and Politics.”  The event details are here, and all of this is mirrored on the ICA website. Recent research…

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5 Countries That Use Bots to Spread Political Propaganda

Bots, or bits of code that automatically post to social media, are integral to the Internet. Google uses bots to crawl search results, and businesses use them to post automated messages. More recently, bots are being used by governments mimic social media users and manipulate public opinion. Read more in Tech Insider.

Social Media, Revolution, and the Rise of the Political Bot

Uprisings and protests worldwide, from the Arab Spring across North Africa and the Middle East to Euromaidan in the Ukraine, have made use of social media in creative ways. Activists use these online tools in efforts to mobilize, organize, and publicize their grievances. Yet scholars take differing positions on the effectiveness of social media as…

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Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Social and political bots have a small but strategic role in Venezuelan political conversations. These automated scripts generate content through social media platforms and then interact with people. In this preliminary study on the use of political bots in Venezuela, we analyze the tweeting, following and retweeting patterns for the accounts of prominent Venezuelan politicians…

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