Publications

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Junk News and Bots during the U.S. Election: What Were Michigan Voters Sharing Over Twitter?

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected data on automation and junk news using major hashtags related to politics in […]

Review in Communication and the Public Interest
Book Reviews / Books

Review in Communication and the Public Interest

Lingel, Jessa.  Review of Pax Technica by Philip N. Howard. Communication and the Public. (2016): 1(1), pp. 131-134, DOI: 10.1177/2057047315617766: Pax Technica operates at the convergence of Phil Howard’s longstanding interests in technology and governance, through the lenses of two constructs: the internet of things (IoT) and democracy. Competing with big […]

Review in Contemporary Sociology
Book Reviews / Books

Review in Contemporary Sociology

Petre, Caitlin.  Review of Pax Technica by Philip N. Howard. Contemporary Sociology 46(1). (2017): 84-85, DOI: 10.1177/0094306116681813ff. Over the past quarter-century, mobile phones, tablets, personal computers, and other networked digital devices have rapidly proliferated around the world. In the coming years, a growing number of consumer products—from cars to apparel to home appliances—will be equipped with […]

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 […]