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Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela
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Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Social and political bots have a small but strategic role in Venezuelan political conversations. These automated scripts generate content through social media platforms and then interact with people. In this preliminary study on the use of political bots in Venezuela, we analyze the tweeting, following and retweeting patterns for the […]

Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain
In The News / Interviewed

Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain

Contributed to an Associated Press story on the use of bots by Venezuelan political figures. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem.

Men and women standing side by side in private voting booths, filling out election ballot papers, rear view.
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Politico: The Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself

This appeared as “Politics won’t know what hit it:  The Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself” in Politico Magazine.   In the evolving conversation about the “Internet of Things” — the growth of networked everyday objects and the data they generate — analysts tend to focus on […]

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.
In The News / Interviewed

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

Contributed to a Washington Post story on what impact changing Facebook profile photos does, and does not, have. “Profile picture campaigns are effective in showing the friends and family in your social network that you have some affinity for a political candidate or cause,” said Philip Howard, a sociologist at […]