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Social Bots: Human-Like by Means of Human Control?

Abstract: Social bots are currently regarded an influential but also somewhat mysterious factor in public discourse and opinion making. They are considered to be capable of massively distributing propaganda in social and online media, and their application is even suspected to be partly responsible for recent ...

2017-12-14T11:44:56+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

Japan’s 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism, and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda

Abstract: In this article, we present results on the identification and behavioral analysis of social bots in a sample of 542,584 Tweets, collected before and after Japan’s 2014 general election. Typical forms of bot activity include massive Retweeting and repeated posting of (nearly) the same message, ...

2017-12-14T11:42:29+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

Detecting Bots on Russian Political Twitter

Abstract: Automated and semiautomated Twitter accounts, bots, have recently gained significant public attention due to their potential interference in the political realm. In this study, we develop a methodology for detecting bots on Twitter using an ensemble of classifiers and apply it to study bot activity ...

2017-12-14T11:40:08+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

Improving Predictive Accuracy in Elections

Abstract: The problem of accurately predicting vote counts in elections is considered in this article. Typically, small-sample polls are used to estimate or predict election outcomes. In this study, a machine-learning hybrid approach is proposed. This approach utilizes multiple sets of static data sources, such as ...

2018-07-29T21:35:47+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

Harvesting Social Signals to Inform Peace Processes Implementation and Monitoring

Abstract: Peace processes are complex, protracted, and contentious involving significant bargaining and compromising among various societal and political stakeholders. In civil war terminations, it is pertinent to measure the pulse of the nation to ensure that the peace process is responsive to citizens’ concerns. Social media ...

2017-12-14T11:31:58+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

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 ...

2018-07-29T21:36:38+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the 2017 UK General Election

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news ...

2017-05-31T16:30:20+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|