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Computational Propaganda Worldwide: Executive Summary

We're very excited to announce the launch of our case study series on computational propaganda in 9 different countries. Find the executive summary, written by Sam Woolley and Phil Howard, here. The Computational Propaganda Research Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, has researched ...

2017-07-11T11:20:32+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

Our recent research was covered in The Register, a leading technology news site: The use of algorithms and bots to spread political propaganda is "one of the most powerful tools against democracy", top academics have warned. A team led by professors at the Oxford Internet ...

2017-07-01T11:18:44+00:00 July 1st, 2017|In the News|

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was covered in the Guardian: Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly ...

2017-07-01T11:15:58+00:00 July 1st, 2017|In the News|

Junk News and Bots during the 2017 UK General Election

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news ...

2017-05-31T16:30:20+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?

Team members Phil Howard and Robert Gorwa wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post which calls on Facebook to share important data on potential Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and touches on the importance of not just studying 'fake news', but also fake accounts and other false ...

2017-05-22T16:18:03+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Public Scholarship|