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Commentary: Samantha Bradshaw on Cambridge Analytica in the Globe and Mail

Samantha Bradshaw wrote a new opinion article for the Globe and Mail on data-protection and Cambridge Analytica: The revelations about Cambridge Analytica – the big data firm that misused Facebook data to target voters with propaganda – should have Canadian policymakers thinking seriously about how ...

2018-03-23T16:43:05+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Public Scholarship|

The Election Is Over, But Russian Disinformation Hasn’t Gone Away

Samantha Bradshaw spoke to PBS for a story on Russian influence in the 2016 US presidential election. Since the election, there has been a shift away from completely automated, bot accounts and a move toward “cyborg” accounts that are half human, half bot, according to Samantha ...

2017-11-05T14:50:28+00:00 November 5th, 2017|In the News|

Social Media, News and Political Information during the US Election: Was Polarizing Content Concentrated in Swing States?

US voters shared large volumes of polarizing political news and information in the form of links to content from Russian, WikiLeaks and junk news sources. Was this low quality political information distributed evenly around the country, or concentrated in swing states and particular parts of ...

2018-01-31T16:17:51+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Warner sees Reddit as potential target for Russian influence

Samantha Bradshaw spoke to the Hill about the ongoing Senate Intelligence Committee investigations into various social networks. Experts who have studied Russia’s attempts to influence the election say that Warner is right to be interested in Reddit. They note that many fake news stories can ...

2017-09-25T10:33:33+00:00 September 25th, 2017|In the News|

Digging up facts about fake news: The Computational Propaganda Project

Our project work was covered by the OECD. The phenomenon of junk news and its dissemination over social media platforms have transformed (some say destroyed) political debates. The combination of automation and propaganda, also called computational propaganda, can shape public opinion. The trouble is, how ...

2017-08-07T23:14:00+00:00 August 7th, 2017|In the News|

Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world

The project's research on government-sponsored social media manipulation was covered in the Washington Post. These propaganda efforts exploit every social media platform — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and beyond — and rely on human users and computerized “bots” that can dramatically amplify the power of disinformation ...

2017-07-18T12:05:25+00:00 July 18th, 2017|In the News|

Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says

The project's recent paper on government efforts to manipulate public opinion online was covered by Bloomberg. Governments around the world are enlisting "cyber troops" who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a ...

2017-07-18T11:59:46+00:00 July 18th, 2017|In the News|