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Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media
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Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Our research on automation and the US election was covered in a Guardian story on Trump’s digital operations. The war of the bots is one of the wilder and weirder aspects of the elections of 2016. At the Oxford Internet Institute’s Unit for Computational Propaganda, its director, Phil Howard, and […]

Trump, Putin and the New Cold War
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Trump, Putin and the New Cold War

Our research on the US election was featured in a New Yorker story on Trump’s digital campaign and Russia ties.  A study led by Philip N. Howard, a specialist in Internet studies at Oxford University, found that, during the second debate of the general election, automated Twitter accounts, known as […]

Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say
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Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

Our research was featured in this New York Times article on the U.S. Election and bots. SAN FRANCISCO — An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report published […]

Cracking the stealth political influence of bots
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Cracking the stealth political influence of bots

Among the millions of real people tweeting about the presidential race, there are also a lot accounts operated by fake people, or “bots.” Politicians and regular users alike use these accounts to increase their follower bases and push messages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how computer scientists can analyze […]