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Cracking the stealth political influence of bots
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Cracking the stealth political influence of bots

Among the millions of real people tweeting about the presidential race, there are also a lot accounts operated by fake people, or “bots.” Politicians and regular users alike use these accounts to increase their follower bases and push messages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how computer scientists can analyze […]

Pro-Clinton bots ‘fought back but outnumbered in second debate’
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Pro-Clinton bots ‘fought back but outnumbered in second debate’

Helped with a BBC story on the battles between candidate bots. The suspected bot accounts tweeted more than 1.7 million times on the days of the debates and the next three days. The study warns they might “polarise” online debate and “muddy” issues. The work was led by Prof Philip Howard, […]

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential
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As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

Helped with a New York Times story on the role of AI in political and criminal communications. Researchers have coined the term “computational propaganda” to describe the explosion of deceptive social media campaigns on services like Facebook and Twitter. In a recent research paper, Philip N. Howard, a sociologist at the […]

Bot Tweets Influencing U.S. Election
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Bot Tweets Influencing U.S. Election

Contributed to this CBC National news story on bots and the election.