The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Russian tweets on Brexit were minimal, study shows

The project’s latest research was featured in the Financial Times. More than 100 Russia-linked Twitter accounts published posts about Brexit in the run-up to the UK referendum, according to independent research which adds to pressure on the messaging platform to publish its own analysis. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford university, sought…

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Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows

The project’s research into the 2017 German election was covered in the Financial Times. Research published today by a group at Oxford university shows that the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) drives more Twitter traffic than any major German party, and more even than non-partisan discussion of the upcoming general election itself. The study by…

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Brexit bots and the UK election

Our second UK General Election memo was covered by the FT. Some of the automated Twitter accounts, or ‘bots’, that were among the most prolific during the UK’s EU referendum campaign have turned their attention to the UK general election, tweeting with increased frequency about Ukip and Labour. Read the rest in the Financial Times.  

From autonomous drones to fake news generators, Military researchers seek to weaponise AI

The project’s research was covered by the Financial Times. “At least 22 countries are using public money to create digital cyber troops that can manipulate public opinion through bots,” says Samantha Bradshaw, a researcher of computational propaganda at the Oxford Internet Institute. She is working on a global project to quantify these efforts. Read the…

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Fake News is Widely Shared as the Real Thing

Our research into the 2016 US election was covered by the Financial Times. Nearly a quarter of web content shared on Twitter by users in the battleground state of Michigan during the final days of last year’s US election campaign was so-called fake news, according to a University of Oxford study. Researchers at the Oxford…

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Review: Pax Technica in the FT

Phil Howard’s book, Pax Technica, was reviewed in the Financial Times. The subject of this book — the emerging “internet of things” — could not be more timely and important; and its central premise — that this new stage in the evolution of the web has political implications that will match or even outstrip its…

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