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

News and Political Information Consumption in Sweden: Mapping the 2018 Swedish General Election on Twitter

Abstract In Sweden, concerns over misinformation and computational propaganda and their effect on the democratic process are on the rise. In this data memo, we analyse political news and information shared over Twitter in the period leading up to the 2018 Swedish General Election. We ...

2018-09-06T00:11:09+00:00September 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Chinese computational propaganda: automation, algorithms and the manipulation of information about Chinese politics on Twitter and Weibo

A new article by former project Post-Doc Gillian Bolsover and PI Phil Howard was published in Information, Communication, and Society. ABSTRACT A 2016 review of literature about automation, algorithms and politics identified China as the foremost area in which further research was needed because of ...

2018-09-07T22:05:01+00:00September 5th, 2018|Academic Articles, Research|

Commentary: Lisa-Maria Neudert on smart bots

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots The battle against propaganda bots is an arm’s race for our democracy. It’s one we may be about to lose. Bots—simple computer scripts—were originally designed to automate repetitive tasks like organizing content or conducting network maintenance, ...

2018-08-24T23:57:57+00:00August 24th, 2018|Public Scholarship|

Unpacking the Social Media Bot: A Typology to Guide Research and Policy

Robert Gorwa and Doug Guilbeault published a new article in the forthcoming special issue of Policy & Internet.  Abstract Amid widespread reports of digital influence operations during major elections, policymakers, scholars, and journalists have become increasingly interested in the political impact of social media bots. Most ...

2018-09-07T22:09:53+00:00August 11th, 2018|Academic Articles, Research|

Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

 The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and ...

2018-08-09T01:34:05+00:00July 20th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

News and Political Information Consumption in Mexico: Mapping the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election on Twitter and Facebook

In Mexico, there are rising concerns over computational propaganda and the political polarization it may cause. In this data memo, we analyze data about political news and information shared over Twitter and Facebook in the period leading up to the 2018 Mexican presidential election. We ...

2018-06-29T18:06:36+00:00June 29th, 2018|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election

A new article by Phil Howard, Sam Woolley, and Ryan Calo was published in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.   Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election: The challenge of automated political communication for election law and administration Political communication ...

2018-07-29T21:34:26+00:00April 15th, 2018|Academic Articles|

Commentary: Samantha Bradshaw on Cambridge Analytica in the Globe and Mail

Samantha Bradshaw wrote a new opinion article for the Globe and Mail on data-protection and Cambridge Analytica: The revelations about Cambridge Analytica – the big data firm that misused Facebook data to target voters with propaganda – should have Canadian policymakers thinking seriously about how ...

2018-07-29T21:34:36+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Public Scholarship|