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Research 2018-03-02T13:40:43+00:00

Our research uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative data. To find out more, see our replication datasets and further information about our methodology.

Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

 The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are ...
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Commentary: Phil Howard on democratizing data

Commentary: Phil Howard on democratizing data

Concentrated in a few hands, big data is a threat to democracy. Social media companies and political data-mining firms such as Cambridge Analytica have built their businesses by manipulating public ...
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News and Political Information Consumption in Mexico: Mapping the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election on Twitter and Facebook

News and Political Information Consumption in Mexico: Mapping the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election on Twitter and Facebook

In Mexico, there are rising concerns over computational propaganda and the political polarization it may cause. In this data memo, we analyze data about political news and information shared over ...
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Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election

Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election

A new article by Phil Howard, Sam Woolley, and Ryan Calo was published in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 ...
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Why Does Junk News Spread So Quickly Across Social Media?

Why Does Junk News Spread So Quickly Across Social Media?

Samantha Bradshaw and Phil Howard have a new report, published as a white paper in a series on media and democracy commissioned by the Knight Foundation. This white paper explores ...
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Commentary: Samantha Bradshaw on Cambridge Analytica in the Globe and Mail

Commentary: Samantha Bradshaw on Cambridge Analytica in the Globe and Mail

Samantha Bradshaw wrote a new opinion article for the Globe and Mail on data-protection and Cambridge Analytica: The revelations about Cambridge Analytica – the big data firm that misused Facebook ...
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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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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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