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Creativity and Critique: Gap Analysis of Support for Critical Research on Big Data

We define big data as large amounts of information, collected about many people, over multiple devices. We define critical big data research as efforts to demonstrate how flaws—ethical or methodological—in the collection and use and of big have implications for social inequality. There are many critical ...

2016-07-12T11:35:38+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

The project's research into the Brexit referendum was covered in the New Scientist. Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social media accounts that might be trying to ...

2016-06-22T22:33:19+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|In the News|

Bots, #StrongerIn, and #Brexit: Computational Propaganda during the UK-EU Referendum

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and they are active on the StrongerIn-Brexit conversation happening over Twitter. These automated scripts generate content through these platforms and then interact with people. Political bots are automated accounts that are particularly active on ...

2016-06-21T14:56:48+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Working Papers & Data Memos|

These are the Droids You’re Looking For: Bots as a Tool For Journalism

This originally appeared as "These are the Droids You're Looking For:  Bots as a Tool For Journalism" by Samuel Woolley and Phil Howard on the National Endowment for Democracy's Center for International Media Assistance Blog. In today’s data-saturated world journalists often struggle to report on many, if ...

2016-04-04T00:21:29+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Public Scholarship|

Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Social and political bots have a small but strategic role in Venezuelan political conversations. These automated scripts generate content through social media platforms and then interact with people. In this preliminary study on the use of political bots in Venezuela, we analyze the tweeting, following ...

2015-08-28T13:43:28+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Working Papers & Data Memos|