Political Bots

Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics

Essays on Data & Society Points

Sam Woolley curated a collection of Points/talking bots.  “What is the Value of a Bot?” is a series of essays from a  week-long workshop at Data & Society that led by “Provocateur-in-Residence” Sam Woolley.  The workshop brought together a group of experts to get a better grip on the questions that bots raise for public…

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Prezi: Confronting Political Bot Attacks – Guidelines for Civil Society Leaders

Governments, militaries, and lone attackers increasingly use bots to attack civil society groups. How should such groups prepare and respond?

Prezi: Creating Lasting Relationships Among Computer and Social Scientists

Here is an interactive Prezi about how the special collaborations within our project are going. We are tackling some important research questions, but doing so as a parity-based team of computer and social scientists.

Prezi: About the Project

Here is an interactive Prezi describing the goals, work plan and initial findings of the Computational Propaganda Research Project.

Preconference Call for Papers: Algorithms, Automation and Politics

The international Politicalbots.org team will be meeting in Fukuoka, Japan in June 2016.  We invite other researchers who plan to come to the International Communications Association meetings to join us for a preconference on “Algorithms, Automation and Politics.”  The event details are here, and all of this is mirrored on the ICA website. Recent research…

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5 Countries That Use Bots to Spread Political Propaganda

Bots, or bits of code that automatically post to social media, are integral to the Internet. Google uses bots to crawl search results, and businesses use them to post automated messages. More recently, bots are being used by governments mimic social media users and manipulate public opinion. Read more in Tech Insider.

Social Media, Revolution, and the Rise of the Political Bot

Uprisings and protests worldwide, from the Arab Spring across North Africa and the Middle East to Euromaidan in the Ukraine, have made use of social media in creative ways. Activists use these online tools in efforts to mobilize, organize, and publicize their grievances. Yet scholars take differing positions on the effectiveness of social media as…

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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 accounts of prominent Venezuelan politicians…

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Presentation at AoIR 2015

Project Researcher Norah Abokhodair led the team in the work leading to the paper “Architecture for Understanding the Automated Imaginary: A Working Qualitative Methodology for Research on Political Bots,” which will be presented at the annual Association of Internet Researchers conference in Phoenix this year. Architecture for Understanding the Automated Imaginary: A Working Qualitative Methodology…

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Venezuela Ruling Party Leverages Twitter bots as Censorship Pushes Political Debate Online

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — 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. The socialist South American leader regularly sets social media afire with support, with heavily trending anti-U.S. campaigns such #ObamaYankeeGoHome and #ObamaRepealTheExecutiveOrder, which denounced U.S….

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