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
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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
Foreign Policy: Our Data, Ourselves Foreign Policy: Our Data, Ourselves
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Foreign Policy: Our Data, Ourselves

This article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of Foreign Policy magazine. Concentrated in a few hands, big data is a threat to democracy. Social media companies and political data-mining firms such as Cambridge Analytica have built their businesses by manipulating public life using personal data. Their work has helped heighten […]

Books Review:  New York Times

Review: New York Times

Ideas from the Pax Technica used in this review essay by Roger Cohen in the New York Times: One stab at defining such an invisible force that I find persuasive has been offered by Philip Howard, a professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University. He has coined the term “Pax […]

Academic Articles 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 co-authored with ComProp post-doc Gillian Bolsover  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 the size of its population, the potential for Chinese […]

Policy Papers 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 exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and undermine trust in the media, […]

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Fake, misleading social media posts exploding globally, Oxford study finds
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Fake, misleading social media posts exploding globally, Oxford study finds

McClatchy covered the latest ComProp work: the 2018 inventory of social media manipulation, authored by Samantha Bradshaw and I. Russia’s social media blitz to influence the 2016 U.S. election was part of a global “phenomenon” in which a broad spectrum of governments and political parties used Internet platforms to spread […]

News and Political Information Consumption in Mexico: Mapping the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election on Twitter and Facebook
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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 find that: (1) the leading […]

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

Political communication is the process of putting information, technology, and media in the service of power. Increasingly, political actors are automating such processes, through algorithms that obscure motives and authors yet reach immense networks of people through personal ties among friends and family. Not all political algorithms are used for […]

Hard right dominates use of fake US news, Oxford study finds
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Hard right dominates use of fake US news, Oxford study finds

The project’s work on junk news and polarization was covered in the Financial Times. Ultra-rightwing conservatives shared more false stories on Facebook  than all other political groups combined in the three months to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last month, independent researchers have found.  Academics at the […]