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Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows
In The News / News Feature

Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows

Research by myself and my colleagues at the COMPROP team on the 2017 German election was covered in the Financial Times. Research published today by a group at Oxford university shows that the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) drives more Twitter traffic than any major German party, and more even […]

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

Automation and propaganda can significantly impact public life during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the 2017 German Parliamentary Election for a ten-day period in September 2017. We find that (1) traffic about the far-right […]

Should Facebook Ads Be Regulated Like TV Commercials?
In The News / News Feature

Should Facebook Ads Be Regulated Like TV Commercials?

I spoke to the Atlantic for this story about regulating political advertising on Facebook. Experts seem to agree on two principles with respect to free speech and tech company arbitration. First, social-media companies, like other private publishers and unlike the government, are not bound by the First Amendment—meaning that they […]

Trusted Innovation – Junk Science, Fake News, and Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change
Grants / Research

Trusted Innovation – Junk Science, Fake News, and Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change

In some key domains of public life there appears to be coordinated efforts to ruin the reputation of science and innovation. Scientists now protest in the streets just to get policymakers to embrace evidence-based policy making. Long-held consensus on the causes and consequences of climate change, tobacco-induced cancers, and value […]