Policy Papers

Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela
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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 […]

Photo Credit:  Marina Noordegraaf
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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 […]

Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict
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Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict

In order to analyze the relationships between digital activism and non violent conflict, we investigated thousands of campaigns from around the world and assembled protest event data more comprehensive than any previously collected. We define a digital activism campaign as an organized public effort, making collective claim(s) on a target […]

Does Social Media Make a Difference in Election Campaigns?  Digital Dividends in Brazil’s 2010 National Elections
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Does Social Media Make a Difference in Election Campaigns? Digital Dividends in Brazil’s 2010 National Elections

Over the past decade, digital and mobile media have significantly changed the system of political communication in Brazil. An increasing number of Brazilian candidates have begun to use websites and social networking applications as an integral part of their overall campaign efforts. To explore how these “new” media tools are […]