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Did Russia Meddle in Brexit? A Social Media Study Casts Doubt

The project's latest memo on Russian involvement in Brexit was covered in the New York Times. An academic study set to be released on Tuesday casts doubt on speculation that Russia might have exploited social media to try to influence Britain’s 2016 referendum to leave the European ...

2018-01-23T16:14:20+01:00December 21st, 2017|In the News|

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2018-01-23T15:56:04+01:00December 21st, 2017|Hiring|

‘Little evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit vote through social media, study finds

The project's latest memo on Brexit was covered by Yahoo News. The Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford university, says that, despite the Kremlin exploiting Twitter and Facebook during the 2016 US election, it is not clear it meddled in the EU Referendum. MPs asked social media companies for details after ...

2018-01-23T16:12:15+01:00December 19th, 2017|In the News|

Computational Propaganda and Political Big Data: Moving Toward a More Critical Research Agenda

Computational propaganda has recently exploded into public consciousness. The U.S. presidential campaign of 2016 was marred by evidence, which continues to emerge, of targeted political propaganda and the use of bots to distribute political messages on social media. This computational propaganda is both a social ...

2017-12-14T11:49:45+01:00December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|

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+01:00December 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+01:00December 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+01:00December 14th, 2017|Academic Articles, Journal Special Issues|