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Video:  Computational Propaganda: The Impact of Algorithms and Automation on Public Life
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Video: Computational Propaganda: The Impact of Algorithms and Automation on Public Life

The Internet certainly disrupted our understanding of what communication can be, who does it, how, and to what effect. What constitutes the Internet has always been an evolving suite of technologies and a dynamic set of social norms, rules, and patterns of use. But the shape and character of digital […]

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 […]

Pizza, politics and pure fiction: the rise of fake news
In The News

Pizza, politics and pure fiction: the rise of fake news

Our research was featured in an article about fake news published in The Telegraph. Intended fake news sites, according to Philip Howard, a professor at Oxford university’s internet institute, are split between the purely ideological and those driven by cash – hoping to maximise clicks on their link or site […]

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