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Research 2018-03-02T13:40:43+00:00

Our research uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative data. To find out more, see our replication datasets and further information about our methodology.

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

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 ...
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Launching our Junk News Aggregator

Launching our Junk News Aggregator

We're announcing the launch of a new tool, designed to help journalists and the public keep track of online misinformation and hoaxes as they spread in real time. The Junk ...
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Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption on Social Media  During the 2018 US Midterm Elections

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption on Social Media During the 2018 US Midterm Elections

In the United States, social media platforms serve significant volumes of junk political news and information during important moments in political life—particularly elections. In this data memo, we examine the ...
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Computational Propaganda: The Book

Computational Propaganda: The Book

We're very pleased to announce the publication of the project's first book, Computational Propaganda: Political Parties, Politicians, and Political Manipulation on Social Media, edited by Sam Woolley and Phil Howard. The book, ...
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News and Political Information Consumption in Brazil: Mapping the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Election on Twitter

News and Political Information Consumption in Brazil: Mapping the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Election on Twitter

Abstract In Brazil, 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 ...
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News and Political Information Consumption in Sweden: Mapping the 2018 Swedish General Election on Twitter

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

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 ...
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Commentary: Lisa-Maria Neudert on smart bots

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

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

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 ...
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