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Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation
Policy Papers / Publications

Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. In this working paper, we report on specific organizations created, often 8ith public money, to help define and manage what is in the best interest of the public. We compare such organizations across […]

Please Prove You’re Not a Robot
In The News

Please Prove You’re Not a Robot

Our research was discussed in Tim Wu’s column for the New York Times. Robots posing as people have become a menace. For popular Broadway shows (need we say “Hamilton”?), it is actually bots, not humans, who do much and maybe most of the ticket buying. Shows sell out immediately, and […]

Interview: Bots, Russia, and Propaganda on Danish Television
In The News / Interviewed

Interview: Bots, Russia, and Propaganda on Danish Television

I appeared on DR, the Danish TV station, to discuss some of the project’s latest research, as well as the impact of bots and Russian sponsored media organizations. The full episode is available here [the interview begins in the second half of the programme].

How Bots Win Friends and Influence People
In The News / News Feature

How Bots Win Friends and Influence People

Along with the project’s work, I was featured in a short article on bots in IEEE Spectrum. Every now and then sociologist Phil Howard writes messages to social media accounts accusing them of being bots. It’s like a Turing test of the state of online political propaganda. “Once in a while a […]