Samuel C. Woolley

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Ecuador is Spending Millions on Malware, Pro-Government Trolls

Sam Woolley wrote an article about bots in Ecuador for Global Voices. According to researchers, the upswing in the Ecuadorian government use of social media to influence public conversations and media coverage correlates with a similar rise in government-driven trolling by governments worldwide. Media watchdogs, ...

2015-08-04T17:36:26+00:00 August 4th, 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|

Spammers, Scammers, and Trolls: Political Bot Manipulation

Sam Woolley wrote an article for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. What is relatively new and on the rise is the cunning use of social bots by politicians, astroturf activists, and ideological extremists. These “political” bots and the messages they produce ...

2014-09-29T12:16:03+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Public Scholarship|