As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential
Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots’ Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots’
Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You
Commentary Essays Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You

Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You

This appeared as “Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You” on the Foreign Policy website June 7th 2016.   The world’s cities are collecting ever-increasing amounts of data. It’s time for mechanisms to prevent abuse.   They call it “the Internet of Things” — the rapidly growing network of […]

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 IJOC: Political Communication, Computational Propaganda, and Autonomous Agents — Introduction

IJOC: Political Communication, Computational Propaganda, and Autonomous Agents — Introduction

The Internet certainly disrupted our understanding of what communication can be, who does it, how, and to what effect. What constitutes the Internet has always been an evolving suite of technologies and a dynamic set of social norms, rules, and patterns of use. But the shape and character of digital […]

Policy Papers Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Second U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Second U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the U.S. Presidential debate. In this brief analysis we find that (1) […]

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Review in Journal of Democracy
Book Reviews / Books

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, […]

Pro-Clinton bots ‘fought back but outnumbered in second debate’
In The News / News Feature

Pro-Clinton bots ‘fought back but outnumbered in second debate’

Helped with a BBC story on the battles between candidate bots. The suspected bot accounts tweeted more than 1.7 million times on the days of the debates and the next three days. The study warns they might “polarise” online debate and “muddy” issues. The work was led by Prof Philip Howard, […]

Bot Tweets Influencing U.S. Election
In The News / Interviewed

Bot Tweets Influencing U.S. Election

Contributed to this CBC National news story on bots and the election.

Partisan Twitter bots distorting U.S. presidential candidates’ popularity
In The News / Interviewed

Partisan Twitter bots distorting U.S. presidential candidates’ popularity

Our research was featured on the CBC National News, and in this online piece. Thousands of automated accounts — known as bots — flood site with messages for and against candidates.  @loserDonldTrump wasn’t born yesterday. It was actually the day before. Just after 3 p.m. ET on October 18, the baby […]