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News and Political Information Consumption in Sweden: Mapping the 2018 Swedish General Election on Twitter

Abstract In Sweden, concerns over misinformation and computational propaganda and their effect on the democratic process are on the rise. In this data memo, we analyse political news and information shared over Twitter in the period leading up to the 2018 Swedish General Election. We ...

2018-09-06T00:11:09+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Chinese computational propaganda: automation, algorithms and the manipulation of information about Chinese politics on Twitter and Weibo

A new article by former project Post-Doc Gillian Bolsover and PI Phil Howard was published in Information, Communication, and Society. ABSTRACT A 2016 review of literature about automation, algorithms and politics identified China as the foremost area in which further research was needed because of ...

2018-09-07T22:05:01+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Academic Articles, Research|

Phil Howard Provides Testimony for Senate Intelligence Committee

ComProp Principal Investigator, Professor Phil Howard, was in DC this week providing testimony for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The submitted written testimony, "Foreign Influence on Social Media Platforms: Perspectives from Third Party Social Media Experts" can be viewed online, along with a recording ...

2018-08-03T17:05:27+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Impact, In the News, Presentations & Talks|

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 exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and ...

2018-08-09T01:34:05+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

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 Twitter and Facebook in the period leading up to the 2018 Mexican presidential election. We ...

2018-06-29T18:06:36+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Working Papers & Data Memos|

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 ...

2018-07-29T21:34:26+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Academic Articles|

Coverage: Polarization, Partisanship, and Junk News

The latest data memo by Vidya Narayanan, Vlad Barash, John Kelly, Bence Kollanyi, Lisa-Maria Neudert, and Phil Howard received extensive international coverage, including: The Guardian Washington Post Financial Times Newsweek McClatchy Mother Jones The Independent Toronto Star The Week Huffington Post Psychology Today   It also kicked ...

2018-02-15T09:52:50+00:00 February 11th, 2018|In the News|

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 State of the Union Address. Drawing on a list of sources that consistently publish political ...

2018-07-29T21:34:50+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|