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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 […]

Video:  Is Social Media Killing Democracy? Computational Propaganda, Algorithms, Automation and Public Life
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Video: Is Social Media Killing Democracy? Computational Propaganda, Algorithms, Automation and Public Life

The Oxford Internet Institute presents Professor Philip Howard’s Inaugural Lecture. The design and implementation of social media platforms has put several advanced democracies into a kind of democratic deficit. First, social algorithms allow fake news stories from untrustworthy sources to spread like wildfire over networks of family and friends. Second, […]

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Social Media and News Sources during the 2017 UK General Election

Platforms like Twitter and sources like Wikipedia are important parts of the information diet for many citizens. In this data memo, we analyse Twitter data on bot activity and junk news for a week in the final stages of campaigning of the 2017 UK General Election and also present data […]

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Junk News and Bots during the 2017 UK General Election

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 Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags […]