Review: Financial Times Review:  Financial Times
Foreign Policy’s 2017 Global Thinkers Foreign Policy’s 2017 Global Thinkers
ComProp Awarded 2017 Democracy Award by NDI ComProp Awarded 2017 Democracy Award by NDI
Junk News on Military Affairs and National Security European Research Council
Commentary Essays Washington Post: Facebook has so much more to tell us

Washington Post: Facebook has so much more to tell us

This originally appeared as “Facebook has so much more to tell us” and was written by my collaborator Bence Kollanyi and I. Facebook and Twitter have taken the important step of handing over thousands of ads to Congress that were bought and circulated by Russian strategists to influence our elections. […]

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 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 European Research Council

Junk News on Military Affairs and National Security

Social media provides political news and information for both active duty military personnel and veterans. We analyze the subgroups of Twitter and Facebook users who spend time consuming junk news from websites that target US military personnel and veterans with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and other forms of junk news about […]

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Review:  New York times
Books / In The News / News Feature

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 […]

10 Things you wish you didn’t know about elections (and what to do about them)
Presentations / Video

10 Things you wish you didn’t know about elections (and what to do about them)

In March 2017, I spoke spoke at an event hosted by the University’s Social Science Division to highlight projects across Oxford that are receiving ERC funding. Professor Roger Goodman, Head of the Social Sciences Division hosted the event, which marked the 10th anniversary of the ERC, and celebrated the researchers […]

Russian propaganda engaged U.S. vets, troops on Twitter and Facebook, study finds
News Feature

Russian propaganda engaged U.S. vets, troops on Twitter and Facebook, study finds

The project’s research on social media operations targeted against veterans was covered by McClatchy. The Oxford study categorized 12,413 Twitter users and 11,103 Facebook users whose social media messages referred to or carried content from one or more of the Russian-linked websites between April 2 and May 2, 2017. The […]

Russian operatives used Twitter and Facebook to target veterans and military personnel, study says
News Feature

Russian operatives used Twitter and Facebook to target veterans and military personnel, study says

The project’s latest memo on junk news and social media operations against veterans was covered in the Washington Post. They researchers also tracked information on several military-themed websites and used the traffic to these sites —  along with the Twitter data — to determine what Facebook accounts promoted similar content on […]