Here are the books, scholarly articles, conference papers, and public writing from our team.

The Challenges of Monitoring Social Media in the Arab World: The Case of the 2019 Tunisian Elections

Tunisian civil society groups raised alarms about the spread of disinformation and hate speech during the 2019 elections. These concerns centered around the legal and technical obstacles faced by Tunisian civil society actors monitoring elections on social media. We interviewed civil society leaders and digital ...

2020-03-22T20:38:37+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News & Information Sharing During the 2019 UK General Election

Today, an estimated 75% of the British public access information about politics and public life online, and 40% do so via social media. With this context in mind, we investigate information sharing patterns over social media in the lead-up to the 2019 UK General Elections, and ...

2019-12-09T12:44:25+00:00December 9th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Industry responses to computational propaganda and social media manipulation

What have Internet companies done to combat the creation and spread of computational propaganda on their platforms and services? What do the leading players’ initiatives tell us about their coping strategies? How are their actions supported by the companies’ terms and policies for users and ...

2019-11-22T17:33:00+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Sourcing and Automation of Political News and Information over Social Media in the United States, 2016-2018

The article ‘Sourcing and Automation of Political News and Information over Social Media in the United States, 2016-2018’ by ComProp researchers Samantha Bradshaw, Philip N. Howard, Bence Kollanyi and Lisa-Maria Neudert was published in Political Communication.  ABSTRACT: Social media is an important source of news ...

2019-11-15T14:48:53+00:00October 26th, 2019|Academic Articles, Research|

OxTEC: Elections, technology and political campaigning in the United Kingdom

OxTEC’s final report, by Phil Howard and Lisa-Maria Neudert, sets out a series of recommendations aimed at securing the information infrastructure of elections and creating a trusted environment for the democratic use of technology. The report highlights areas for immediate action for policymakers, political parties, ...

2019-10-16T16:01:03+01:00October 16th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

OxTEC: Political campaigning – the law, the gaps and the way forward

This OxTEC report by Ravi Naik looks into the legal framework surrounding digital political campaigning and the current regulatory gaps in this area. The report also sets out a series of future recommendations for policymakers designed to improve the regulation of political campaigning in the ...

2019-10-10T10:53:39+01:00October 10th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

The Global Disinformation Order: 2019 Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation

Over the past three years, we have monitored the global organization of social media manipulation by governments and political parties. Our 2019 report analyses the trends of computational propaganda and the evolving tools, capacities, strategies, and resources. 1. Evidence of organized social media manipulation campaigns ...

2019-12-03T13:14:25+00:00September 26th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

OxTEC: Literature review on elections, political campaigning and democracy

Oxford Technology and Elections Commission (OxTEC) have released a literature review looking at how scholars have theorized the influence of digital technology on democracy. The report summarizes scholarly texts on a few key topics: political communication theory in a digital age, surveillance and privacy, algorithms ...

2019-09-24T16:46:32+01:00September 25th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

OxTEC: A report on anti-disinformation initiatives

Oxford Technology and Elections Commission (OxTEC) has released their first report, written and researched by BBC Monitoring’s specialist Disinformation Team. The report investigates fake news landscapes around the world and analyses a range of measures adopted by governments to combat disinformation. The analysis provides geopolitical ...

2019-08-27T11:47:43+01:00August 22nd, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|