Commentary Essays Twitter Needs a “Terms of Sharing”

Twitter Needs a “Terms of Sharing”

This appeared as “Twitter Needs a Terms of Sharing” on Medium. Recently, some colleagues (wonderful team of @MCForelle, @saiphchen, @andresmh) and I came together to study the impact of bots on political life in Venezuela. There have been multiple stories over the years about the government there using automated scripts […]

Books Reviews:  Democracy’s Fourth Wave?

Reviews: Democracy’s Fourth Wave?

Reviews of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Abootalebi, A. R. Review of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? by Philip N. Howard and Muzammil Hussain. Choice. (2013), 51–2322, DOI:  10.5860/CHOICE.51-2322 Earl, Jennifer. Review of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? by Philip N. Howard and Muzammil Hussain. Political Science Quarterly 129, no. 2 (2014): 377–378, DOI: 10.1002/polq.12190 Faris, […]

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 […]

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Data Breaches in Europe 2005-2014

A growing number of massive data breaches are degrading the personal privacy of people around the world. Data security and privacy policy are ongoing concerns in Europe. But it can be difficult to assess privacy breaches in Europe in particular, since many of the biggest incidents of compromised personal records […]

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Podcast: CBC The Spark

Here is the podcast of a session I did with CBC The Spark.

Video:  Spot the Bot with the CBC
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Video: Spot the Bot with the CBC

This is a video / podcast I did with the Canadian Broadcasting Company called “Spoting the Bot.”

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How the Bundys’ social media machine fed their political movement

Helped with a Washington Post story on how social media is used by radical libertarians in the US. Howard, who teaches communications at the University of Washington and Oxford University, noted that social media is a critical tool for protest movements, allowing groups such as the Oregon occupiers to build communities and reach people […]

Prezi: Confronting Political Bot Attacks – Guidelines for Civil Society Leaders
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Prezi: Confronting Political Bot Attacks – Guidelines for Civil Society Leaders

Governments, militaries, and lone attackers increasingly use bots to attack civil society groups. How should such groups prepare and respond?