Political bots

Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: International Law and the Future on Online PsyOps

Recent years have seen an explosion of activity from states and non-state actors seeking to manipulate online political discourse at home and abroad. These efforts have leveraged a range of different techniques, from the use of swarms of automated bots to the systemic spreading of misleading or outright fabricated information through social media. Most dramatically,…

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Così funziona la propaganda politica a colpi di bot su Twitter

Quando si incontra online una pagina per segnalare le molestie ricevute da un bot – cioè da un programma automatico – viene da chiedersi se per caso non si sia finiti in un libro di Philip Dick. Invece, è l’università di Oxford a domandarlo. Con un progetto co-finanziato dall’Unione europea. “Pensi che un bot, un…

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As a conservative Twitter user sleeps, his account is hard at work

CHICAGO — Daniel John Sobieski, 68, climbed the stairs in his modest brick home and settled into a worn leather chair for another busy day of tweeting. But he needn’t have bothered. As one of the nation’s most prolific conservative voices on Twitter, he already had posted hundreds of times this morning — as he…

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Fake News: Why the West is Blind to Russia’s Propaganda Today

Russia has skilfully exploited social media to divide the West and increase Moscow’s power in Europe, the US and eventually Asia. The use of social media as a platform to divide democracies works, in part, because the strategy preys on a fundamental blind spot in open societies: the origin and volume of voices taking part…

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Pro #Brexit Twitter Bots (in German)

Sind womöglich Maschinen schuld? Gemeint ist die britische Anti-EU Entscheidung von vergangenem Freitag. Vor der Abstimmung waren auffällig viele Pro-Brexit Stimmen in den sozialen Netzwerken zu finden, vor allem auf Twitter. Und deren Tweets stammten nicht nur von überzeugten EU-Kritikern, sondern auch von Bots, von Computerprogrammen. Das haben zwei Politikwissenschaftler in einer Studie festgestellt. Ok,…

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Computational Propaganda and Political Big Data

We are pleased to announce a special issue of the journal Big Data dedicated to computational propaganda. This special issue is guest edited by project members Professor Phil Howard and Gillian Bolsover. The deadline for submission is 1 June, 2017 for publication in December 2017. Computational propaganda—the use of information technologies for political purposes—is on…

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Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis: Lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco

Does social media use have a positive or negative impact on civic engagement? The cynical “slacktivism hypothesis” holds that if citizens use social media for political conversation, those conversations will be fleeting and vapid. Most attempts to answer this question involve public opinion data from the United States, so we offer an examination o f…

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Fake News Bots

Automated social media accounts known as ‘bots’ may be used to distort political perception online. We speak with research director Samuel Woolley of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Project to learn more about this phenomenon. Listen to the interview with OPB’s Think Out Loud.

Pizza, politics and pure fiction: the rise of fake news

On Sunday 4th December last year, 28 year old father of two Edgar Welch woke early, told his family he had some chores to do, packed an assault rifle into his car and drove from his North Carolina home to Washington DC – where he walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant, fired three…

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Computer & Neue Medien (in German)

1. Es postet die Maschine. Wenn TwitterBots Politik machen. 2. Häppchenweise. Über Micro-Learning und Fortbildung in kleinen Portionen. 3. Stuttgart oder Detroit? Das autonome Auto als Kampfplatz zwischen alten Marken und jungen Entrepreneuren. Listen at ORF.

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