Phil Howard INFORMATION · DISINFORMATION · DEMOCRACY

Phil Howard is a Professor at Oxford University and Director of the Programme on Democracy and Technology. He writes about information politics and international affairs, and is the author of ten books, including The Managed Citizen, Pax Technica, and Computational Propaganda. He has won multiple book awards, and his research and commentary writing have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many international media outlets. He was named a “Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine, and the National Democratic Institute awarded him their “Democracy Prize” for pioneering the social science of fake news. He has testified before the US Senate, UK House of Parliament, and European Commission on the impact of misinformation on human rights, media freedoms, and democratic values. His latest book is Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives. Currently, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

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Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was featured in the Guardian

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Topics Computational Propaganda Social Media

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Let’s Build Pro-Democracy Twitter Bots

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Topics Governance Social Media

Policy Engagement · MAY 22

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Speaking · MAY 22

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Topics Astroturf Big Data Civic Engagement

Speaking · MAY 22

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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[...]

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Topics Hackers Social Media

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Topics Arab Spring Artificial Intelligence Astroturf

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Global Attitudes Towards AI, Machine Learning & Automated Decision Making

Implications for Involving Artificial Intelligence in Public Service and Good Governance How do people perceive the[...]

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Topics Computational Social Science

Academic article

“Anything that Causes Chaos”: The Organizational Behavior of Russia Today (RT)

RT (formerly, Russia Today) is one of the most important organizations in the global political economy[...]

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Topics Political Economy of Media

Academic article

Predicting Engagement with the Internet Research Agency’s Facebook and Instagram Campaigns around the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

The Russian Internet Research Agency’s (IRA) online interference campaign in the 2016 U.S. presidential election represents[...]

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Topics Social Media

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What to expect when you’re expecting robots: Futures, expectations, and pseudo-artificial general intelligence in UK news

Drawing on scholarship in journalism studies and the sociology of expectations, this article demonstrates how news[...]

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Topics Computational Propaganda

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