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NSF EAGER award to study how people use bots to manipulate people
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NSF EAGER award to study how people use bots to manipulate people

Political bots are manipulating public opinion over major social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter. This EAGER award enables a new team of social and information scientists to investigate the impact of automated scripts—commonly called bots—on social media. We will study both the bot scripts and the people making such […]

Reuters:  Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots
Commentary Essays / In The News / Reuters

Reuters: Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

(This originally appeared as “Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots” on the Reuters Commentary Wire.) Bots — chunks of computer code that generate messages and replicate themselves — have been infecting political discourse around the world. They have been spotted try to influence elections in the United Kingdom, Mexico and just recently, South […]

Slate: Let’s Build Pro-Democracy Twitter Robots
Commentary Essays / In The News / Slate

Slate: Let’s Build Pro-Democracy Twitter Robots

(This post originally appeared as “Let’s Build Democracy Robots” on Slate.  Read Jillian York’s great retort “No We Should Not Build Pro-Democracy Twitter Bots“) Most Twitter users try to ignore messages from robot accounts. But maybe we should be putting bots to work for a more noble cause—democracy. One estimate […]