The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social media accounts that might be trying to sway the vote. Philip Howard at Oxford University and Bence Kollanyi at Corvinus University have discovered bot accounts furiously sharing and promoting messages…

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These ‘bots’ could sway the Brexit vote

Automated social media accounts are being used by both sides in the Brexit debate, a new report shows, with some experts fearing that a sudden surge in activity by the “bots” could influence the referendum vote. Researchers from Oxford University and Budapest’s Corvinus University have found that bots are playing a “small but strategic role”…

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Three Research Appointments in Computational Social Science

**Update 23/09/2016 These posts have been filled, but we will likely advertise again, along similar themes, in a year.   We are looking for three talented researchers to join our team of computational social scientists at Oxford.  Ideally, we’d like to have one person interested in the sociology of algorithmic production, another interested in the policy…

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Prezi: About the Project

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