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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 election: The challenge of automated political communication for election law and administration Political communication ...

2018-04-15T05:02:36+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Academic Articles|

Palo Alto Talk: Truth and Trust in Times of Junk News

The past year has been dominated by stories of how junk news has influenced major political decisions on both sides of the Atlantic. Algorithms, automation and social media have become powerful tools for social movements, but also effective tools for social control. This short talk will ...

2018-01-23T16:19:31+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Events, Impact, Presentations & Talks|

Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news

Phil Howard and Bence Kollanyi wrote an opinion article for the Guardian, discussing the project's latest research and how social media companies could "design for deliberation." Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have begun to share evidence of how their platforms are used and ...

2017-10-05T15:06:25+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Propaganda flowed heavily into battleground states around election, study says

The project's latest research into polarizing information shared in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered in the Washington Post. Propaganda and other forms of “junk news” on Twitter flowed more heavily in a dozen battleground states than in the nation overall ...

2017-09-30T11:32:19+00:00 September 30th, 2017|In the News|

Fake News on Twitter Flooded Swing States That Helped Trump Win

The project's latest research on politicized information and the 2016 US election was covered in Mother Jones. Millions of tweets were flying furiously in the final days leading up to the 2016 US presidential election. And in closely fought battleground states that would prove key to ...

2017-09-30T11:29:01+00:00 September 30th, 2017|In the News|

Social Media, News and Political Information during the US Election: Was Polarizing Content Concentrated in Swing States?

US voters shared large volumes of polarizing political news and information in the form of links to content from Russian, WikiLeaks and junk news sources. Was this low quality political information distributed evenly around the country, or concentrated in swing states and particular parts of ...

2018-01-31T16:17:51+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

Automation and propaganda can significantly impact public life during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the 2017 German Parliamentary Election for a ten-day period in September 2017. We find ...

2018-01-31T16:14:08+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Position Closed: Post-Doctoral Researcher & Technical Development Officer

We're hiring a post-doctoral fellow to help our bot detection efforts, as part of our new BOTFIND project. The primary task will be to build tools for detecting politically motivated and automated content production on social media platforms. The position is suited to candidates who have recently ...

2017-08-04T15:32:35+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Hiring|