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TechPresident:  Bad News Bots
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TechPresident: Bad News Bots

(This originally appeared as “Bad News Bots” on Techpresident.)   It’s no secret that governments and political actors now make use of social robots or bots—automated scripts that produce content and mimic real users. Faux social media accounts now spread pro-governmental messages, beef up web site follower numbers, and causeartificial […]

In The News / interviews

#HashtagActivismMatters: Some experts see online-to-IRL change in police protests

Contributed to a Washington Post story on how hashtag activism can translate to policy change: This interplay between real-world events and online activism is what turns a catchy hashtag into a powerful slogan. “It tethers the conversation to things that really happened,” Howard said. Howard, who calls himself a “cyber-optimist,” […]

In The News / interviews

After Ferguson: Is ‘Hashtag Activism’ Spurring Policy Changes?

Contributed to NBC news story on role of hashtags in protest within the US post-Ferguson. “Hashtag activism is what happens when someone tries to raise public awareness of a political issue using some clever or biting keyword on social media,” said Philip Howard, the Principle Investigator for Digital Activism Research […]

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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 […]