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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|

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

Phil Howard was featured in a Washington Post story on digital activism. “Profile picture campaigns are effective in showing the friends and family in your social network that you have some affinity for a political candidate or cause,” said Philip Howard, a sociologist at the ...

2015-07-02T16:01:27+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|In the News|

How Big Is The Internet of Things and how Big Will It Get?

Phil Howard wrote an article about the political impact of the Internet of Things for The Brookings Institution’s TechTank blog. New information technologies have transformed world politics, and not always for the better. Even trying to understand how technology connects us reveals the strengths and weaknesses ...

2015-06-10T15:30:31+00:00 June 10th, 2015|Public Scholarship|

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 ...

2014-12-14T10:55:06+00:00 December 14th, 2014|Public Scholarship|