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Transcript of Computational Propaganda
The use of information and communication technologies to manipulate perceptions, affect cognition, and influence behavior.
Political bots are amongst the latest, and most pervasive, innovations in computational propaganda.
1) Bots are used for social control by strict regimes.
2) They are a transnational phenomenon.
3) They are used by political actors in democracies.
Methods & Output
Gobal Event Data Set
Twitter bombing (Tibet)
Falsifying following (Italy)
False Flagging (US)
The Impact of Algorithms and Automation on Public Life
Professor, Oxford University
This work can be cited as COMPROP. (2016). Computational Propaganda: The Impact of Algorithms and Automation on Public Life [Prezi]. Retrieved from politicalbots.org. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial - Share Alike 4.0 International License.
is a software program that automates tasks on the web, including social media platforms.
engages with other users about politics and public policy, mainly over Twitter and Facebook.
What is the impact of political bots on public life?
Strongly negative, effusively positive, or obviously irrelevant.
Few links, photos of real people, or organizations behind posting.
Exact wording of the post replicated across several popular accounts.
Few posts, all about a single issue.
Unclear answers given to question.
Second Workshop in London, Spring 2017
Global Inventory of "Cyber-troops"
Bots and Election Law in the US
A Bot Typology
faking, manipulating and jamming discourse
sharing, spreading and challenging discourse