The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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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Why the Internet Should Be a Public Resource

Phil Howard wrote an article about internet governance for the Yale Books Blog. The excitement of this year’s CES—the enormous technology show and tell event that just ended in Las Vegas—was about the “internet of things.” Stoves and baby bottles will soon be smart, and the devices you already have will be smarter. Behind closed…

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Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism

Phil Howard was featured in a New York Times story about online activism. The cyber social-justice movement is always brewing on Tumblr, and it picks up steam when shocking news hits the country or when protests take place offline. On Dec. 4, when a jury decided not to indict in the Eric Garner case, Tumblr…

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Bad News Bots: How Civil Society Can Combat Automated Online Propaganda

Sam Woolley and Phil Howard wrote an article for TechPresident on the political effects of bots. It’s no secret that governments and political actors now make use of social robots or bots—automated scripts that produce content and mimic real users. Faux social media accounts now spread pro-governmental messages, beef up web site follower numbers, and…

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New York Times: Hungary’s Crackdown on the Media

Phil Howard wrote an article for the New York Times about “Hungary’s Crackdown on the Press.“ The European Union faces a challenging conundrum. While Hungary has embarked on building Europe’s most controlled media system, the European Commission just agreed in August to provide the country with nearly 22 billion euros of economic assistance. Hungary has…

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Participation, Civics and Your Net Coffee Maker

Phil Howard’s wrote a response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2). Ethan Zuckerman’s essay on participatory civics offers a nice example of how to push ideas forward with both grounded and complex examples.  It’s a nicely crafted essay precisely because he…

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Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

Phil Howard wrote an article about bots and campaigns for Reuters. Bots — chunks of computer code that generate messages and replicate themselves — have been infecting political discourse around the world. They have been spotted try to influence elections in the United Kingdom, Mexico and just recently, South Korea. Politicians there have been using…

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