Trusted Innovation – Junk Science, Fake News, and Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change Trusted Innovation – Junk Science, Fake News, and Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change
Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation
Computational Propaganda Worldwide: Executive Summary Computational Propaganda Worldwide: Executive Summary
Commentary Essays Washington Post:  Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?

Washington Post: Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?

This originally appeared as Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it? and was written by my collaborator Robert Gorwa and I. This month, one of the most important intelligence documents about Russian interference in the U.S. election emerged. But it didn’t come from the National […]

Books Review in Journal of Democracy

Review in Journal of Democracy

This essay appeared originally in July issue of the Journal of Democracy and is by Daniel O’Maley. What does the Internet mean for political systems, and for human freedom? During the 1990s and early 2000s, many social scientists equated the Internet’s spread with the supposed triumph of liberal democracy. Today, however, […]

Academic Articles Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis:  Lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco”

Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis: Lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco”

Does social media use have a positive or negative impact on civic engagement? The cynical “slacktivism hypothesis” holds that if citizens use social media for political conversation, those conversations will be fleeting and vapid. Most attempts to answer this question involve public opinion data from the United States, so we […]

Policy Papers Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. In this working paper, we report on specific organizations created, often 8ith public money, to help define and manage what is in the best interest of the public. We compare such organizations across […]

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Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world
In The News / News Feature

Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world

Our research on government-sponsored social media manipulation was featured in a Washington Post article. Though most social media platforms are designed and run by corporations based the United States, the platforms are infiltrated almost immediately upon their release to the public by a range of international actors skilled at using information […]

Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says
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Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says

A report on government social media manipulation, authored by myself and collaborator Samantha Bradshaw, was featured in Bloomberg. Governments around the world are enlisting “cyber troops” who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a new report from the […]

Please Prove You’re Not a Robot
In The News

Please Prove You’re Not a Robot

Our research was discussed in Tim Wu’s column for the New York Times. Robots posing as people have become a menace. For popular Broadway shows (need we say “Hamilton”?), it is actually bots, not humans, who do much and maybe most of the ticket buying. Shows sell out immediately, and […]

Interview: Bots, Russia, and Propaganda on Danish Television
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Interview: Bots, Russia, and Propaganda on Danish Television

I appeared on DR, the Danish TV station, to discuss some of the project’s latest research, as well as the impact of bots and Russian sponsored media organizations. The full episode is available here [the interview begins in the second half of the programme].