Publications

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

Automation and propaganda can significantly impact public life during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the 2017 German Parliamentary Election for a ten-day period in September 2017. We find that (1) traffic about the far-right […]

Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation
Policy Papers / Publications

Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. In this working paper, we report on specific organizations created, often 8ith public money, to help define and manage what is in the best interest of the public. We compare such organizations across […]

Computational Propaganda Worldwide: Executive Summary
Policy Papers / Publications

Computational Propaganda Worldwide: Executive Summary

The Computational Propaganda Research Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, has researched the use of social media for public opinion manipulation. The team involved 12 researchers across nine countries who, altogether, interviewed 65 experts, analyzed tens of millions posts on seven different social media platforms during scores […]

Review: Journal of Communication
Book Reviews / Books

Review: Journal of Communication

Rossini, Patricia. Review of Pax Technica by Philip N. Howard. Journal of Communication 67(3). (2017): E4-5. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12303. What are the political, social, and economic consequences of the ever-growing number of devices connected to the Internet—from computers and cellphones to refrigerators and heating systems—that increasingly surround our everyday lives? This is […]