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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Op ed · Jan 2022

What’s Stunning about the Misinformation Trend — and How to Fix it


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Topics Computational Propaganda

Op ed · Feb 2021

To Quash Disinformation, Researchers Must Work With Journalists

Exposing and fighting the problem requires drawing from reporters’ resources and reach.

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Topics Computational Propaganda Political Communication

News feature

Conspiracy theorists, far-right extremists around the world seize on the pandemic

Civil rights advocates have warned for months that the coronavirus could aid recruiting for the most[...]

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Op ed

Social media need a radical rebuild

Social media doesn’t have to bring us only junk news and misinformation about coronavirus.

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News feature

Fighting the coronavirus infodemic

An "infodemic" of misinformation and disinformation has helped cripple the response to the novel coronavirus.

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Op ed

AI can battle coronavirus, but privacy shouldn’t be a casualty

South Korea has successfully slowed down the spread of coronavirus. Alongside widespread quarantine measures and testing,[...]

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Data memo

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

Data set · MAY 22

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Topics Arab Spring Artificial Intelligence Astroturf

Working paper

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

Covid-Related Misinformation on YouTube

The Spread of Misinformation Videos on Social Media and the Effectiveness of Platform Policies Authors: Aleksi[...]

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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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