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How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election
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How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election

Our research and insight was featured extensively in a Guardian article about the 2017 UK General Election. ‘One of the most powerful players in the British election is also one of the most opaque. With just over two weeks to go until voters go to the polls, there are two […]

Washington Post:  Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?
Commentary Essays / In The News / Washington Post

Washington Post: Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?

This originally appeared as Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it? and was written by my collaborator Robert Gorwa and I. This month, one of the most important intelligence documents about Russian interference in the U.S. election emerged. But it didn’t come from the National […]

‘Bots’ spam FCC website over proposed net neutrality reversal
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‘Bots’ spam FCC website over proposed net neutrality reversal

I contributed to this BBC story on the public consultation for Net Neutrality legislation in the US. Bots appear to be spamming a US regulator’s website over a proposed reversal of net neutrality rules, researchers have said. “Net neutrality is such a hot-button issue and it’s one of the few […]

Video: Ten things you wish you didn’t know about elections (and what to do about them)
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Video: Ten things you wish you didn’t know about elections (and what to do about them)

In this talk, Prof Phil Howard explains how we are targeted and manipulated by social media and bots trying to influence voter behaviour. Since 2012, Professor Howard and team have been investigating the use of algorithms, automation and computational propaganda in public life. Political bots are manipulating public opinion over major […]