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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 Book Reading At SXSW 2016

Book Reading At SXSW 2016

The “internet of things” is the expanding network of everyday objects—you can expect some 35 billion connected devices by 2020. The internet won’t be about your mobile phone or laptop anymore, it will be dominated by communication between devices, chips scattered over the natural world, and sensors embedded in our […]

Academic Articles Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Social and political bots have a small but strategic role in Venezuelan political conversations. These automated scripts generate content through social media platforms and then interact with people. In this preliminary study on the use of political bots in Venezuela, we analyze the tweeting, following and retweeting patterns for the […]

Policy Papers Creativity and Critique: Gap Analysis of Support for Critical Research on Big Data

Creativity and Critique: Gap Analysis of Support for Critical Research on Big Data

We define big data as large amounts of information, collected about many people, over multiple devices. We define critical big data research as efforts to demonstrate how flaws—ethical or methodological—in the collection and use and of big have implications for social inequality. There are many critical and creative big data research […]

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Creativity and Critique: Gap Analysis of Support for Critical Research on Big Data
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Creativity and Critique: Gap Analysis of Support for Critical Research on Big Data

We define big data as large amounts of information, collected about many people, over multiple devices. We define critical big data research as efforts to demonstrate how flaws—ethical or methodological—in the collection and use and of big have implications for social inequality. There are many critical and creative big data research […]

Watch out for the Brexit bots
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Watch out for the Brexit bots

Our #Brexit work was featured in the Quartz piece “Watch Out for the Brexit Bots” on June 22, 2016: From over 313,000 accounts sampled, a third of the tweets—half a million—came from less than 1% of the accounts, according to researchers Philip Howard and Bence Kollanyi. No human can manually […]

Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote
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Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

Our work on Brexit Bots was featured in “Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote” on the website for the New Scientist: Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social […]

Bots, #StrongerIn, and #Brexit: Computational Propaganda during the UK-EU Referendum
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Bots, #StrongerIn, and #Brexit: Computational Propaganda during the UK-EU Referendum

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and they are active on the StrongerIn-Brexit conversation happening over Twitter. These automated scripts generate content through these platforms and then interact with people. Political bots are automated accounts that are particularly active on public policy issues, elections, and […]