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

Junk News during the EU Parliamentary Elections

Access to accurate information about politics and electoral processes is critical to the health of democratic systems. With this in mind, this data memo examines the quality and quantity of political news and information that social media users were sharing across seven European languages (English, ...

2019-05-21T07:07:34+00:00May 21st, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

News and Information over Facebook and WhatsApp during the Indian Election Campaign

Social media platforms have become an important source of political news and information for voters in India’s national election. To evaluate the quality of sources and images being shared, we examine the patterns of content circulation on Facebook and WhatsApp with a large sample of ...

2019-05-13T11:13:05+00:00May 13th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Commentary: 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 ...

2019-09-09T14:38:26+00:00April 4th, 2019|Public Scholarship, Research|

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+00:00March 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+00:00February 11th, 2019|Academic Articles, Research|

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+00:00December 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+00:00November 28th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|