Publications

Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis:  Lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco”
Academic Articles / Publications

Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis: Lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco”

Does social media use have a positive or negative impact on civic engagement? The cynical “slacktivism hypothesis” holds that if citizens use social media for political conversation, those conversations will be fleeting and vapid. Most attempts to answer this question involve public opinion data from the United States, so we […]

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the U.S. Election

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the U.S. Presidential Election. We find that that political bot activity reached […]

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Third U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the third U.S. Presidential debate. We find that automated pro-Trump accounts became […]

Review in Journal of Democracy
Book Reviews / Books

Review in Journal of Democracy

This essay appeared originally in July issue of the Journal of Democracy and is by Daniel O’Maley. What does the Internet mean for political systems, and for human freedom? During the 1990s and early 2000s, many social scientists equated the Internet’s spread with the supposed triumph of liberal democracy. Today, however, […]