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Washington Post coverage: Iran data memo

The team’s research on Iranian digital interference in the Arab world has been covered in the Washington Post, "Iran-linked Twitter accounts spread anti-Saudi sentiments in Arabic, report finds." In an intensive study of the Arabic-language tweets the Oxford Internet Institute released on Wednesday, researchers determined that ...

2019-04-15T12:07:16+01:00April 15th, 2019|In the News, Press|

Wall Street Journal: Social-Media Movements Helped Drive Out African Leaders

ComProp research Mona Elswah spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the continued potential of social media to mobilize protestors. People assume there is no hope because of the monitoring, the surveillance, the cyber armies, that Facebook and Twitter are no longer a space for ...

2019-04-29T11:06:24+01:00April 13th, 2019|In the News, Press|

New York Times Opinion: A Way to Detect the Next Russian Misinformation Campaign

ComProp Director Phil Howard argues in the New York Times that tech platforms should be required to publish a public archive of all ads to prevent and expose misinformation campaigns in the future. Research has found that the most polarizing Facebook ad content comes from political ...

2019-04-04T18:15:21+01:00April 4th, 2019|In the News, Press|

Polarisation and the use of technology in political campaigns and communication

This report offers a comprehensive overview of the relationship between technology, democracy and the polarisation of public discourse. Technology is inherently political, and the ways in which it is designed and used have ongoing implications for participation, deliberation, and democracy. Algorithms, automation, big data analytics ...

2019-03-11T12:48:39+01:00March 11th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

What is platform governance?

The article 'What is platform governance?' by Robert Gorwa was published in Information, Communication & Society, with support from the Computational Propaganda Project.  ABSTRACT: Following a host of high-profile scandals, the political influence of platform companies (the global corporations that that operate online ‘platforms’ such ...

2019-02-13T16:13:23+01:00February 11th, 2019|Academic Articles, Research|

Coverage: Russia’s IRA and American Political Polarization

The team's research on the IRA and political polarization in the United States has been widely covered, including in the following: The Washington Post: New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep A report prepared for the Senate that provides the ...

2019-01-15T15:49:46+01:00December 19th, 2018|In the News, Press|

The IRA and Political Polarization in the United States

Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) launched an extended attack on the United States by using computational propaganda to misinform and polarize US voters. This report provides the first major analysis of this attack based on data provided by social media firms to the Senate Select ...

2019-01-23T14:51:27+01:00December 17th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Climate Change Consensus and Skepticism: Mapping Climate Change Dialogue on Twitter and Facebook

Concerns are growing about the polarization of the climate change debate. Despite broad consensus among scientists that climate change is both occurring and anthropogenic, a vocal movement expresses skepticism about the validity of the scientific consensus. In this data memo, we analyze the climate change ...

2018-11-28T08:57:18+01:00November 28th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|