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Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption over Social Media in the US

What kinds of social media users read junk news? We examine the distribution of the most significant sources of junk news in the three months before President Donald Trump’s first ...
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A Robot Among People

ICA 2018 Papers

Robert Gorwa and Doug Guilbeault will be representing the team and presenting a new paper at ICA 2018 in Prague. What are the challenges facing bot research today? How can ...
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Russian Involvement and Junk News during Brexit

Russian Involvement and Junk News during Brexit

Several prominent UK politicians are concerned about the role of Russian troll and bot accounts in public conversation over social media during the Brexit debate in 2016. Looking at our ...
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Computational Propaganda and Political Big Data: Moving Toward a More Critical Research Agenda

Computational Propaganda and Political Big Data: Moving Toward a More Critical Research Agenda

Computational propaganda has recently exploded into public consciousness. The U.S. presidential campaign of 2016 was marred by evidence, which continues to emerge, of targeted political propaganda and the use of ...
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Perspective: Should We Regulate Digital Platforms?

Perspective: Should We Regulate Digital Platforms?

I invited Phil Howard and Gillian Bolsover in November of 2016 to guest edit this special issue of Big Data on ‘‘Computational Propaganda.’’ I am delighted at the collection of ...
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Social Bots: Human-Like by Means of Human Control?

Social Bots: Human-Like by Means of Human Control?

Abstract: Social bots are currently regarded an influential but also somewhat mysterious factor in public discourse and opinion making. They are considered to be capable of massively distributing propaganda in social ...
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Japan's 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism, and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's Hidden Nationalist Agenda

Japan’s 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism, and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda

Abstract: In this article, we present results on the identification and behavioral analysis of social bots in a sample of 542,584 Tweets, collected before and after Japan’s 2014 general election. Typical ...
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Detecting Bots on Russian Political Twitter

Detecting Bots on Russian Political Twitter

Abstract: Automated and semiautomated Twitter accounts, bots, have recently gained significant public attention due to their potential interference in the political realm. In this study, we develop a methodology for detecting ...
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Improving Predictive Accuracy in Elections

Improving Predictive Accuracy in Elections

Abstract: The problem of accurately predicting vote counts in elections is considered in this article. Typically, small-sample polls are used to estimate or predict election outcomes. In this study, a machine-learning ...
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Harvesting Social Signals to Inform Peace Processes Implementation and Monitoring

Harvesting Social Signals to Inform Peace Processes Implementation and Monitoring

Abstract: Peace processes are complex, protracted, and contentious involving significant bargaining and compromising among various societal and political stakeholders. In civil war terminations, it is pertinent to measure the pulse of ...
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