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IJOC: Political Communication, Computational Propaganda, and Autonomous Agents — Introduction
Academic Articles / Publications

IJOC: Political Communication, Computational Propaganda, and Autonomous Agents — Introduction

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 […]

Automation, Big Data and Politics: A Research Review
Academic Articles / Publications

Automation, Big Data and Politics: A Research Review

We review the great variety of critical scholarship on algorithms, automation, and big data in areas of contemporary life both to document where there has been robust scholarship and to contribute to existing scholarship by identifying gaps in our research agenda. We identify five domains with opportunities for further scholarship: […]

Donald Trump support during presidential debate was inflated by bots, professor says
In The News / News Feature

Donald Trump support during presidential debate was inflated by bots, professor says

Our research was featured in the Independent: The robot tweets helped give the appearance that Mr Trump had more support than he did, according to Professor Howard. That apparent surge in support was referenced repeatedly by Mr Trump, who claimed that despite what the official polling showed he had actually […]

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Second U.S. Presidential Debate
Policy Papers / Publications

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Second 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 U.S. Presidential debate. In this brief analysis we find that (1) […]