Computational Propaganda Worldwide


In June 2017, The Oxford Internet Institute invited members of the news media, policy community, foundations, and civic groups to a closed meeting at Africa House where investigators from the Computational Propaganda Lab at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, presented the latest research about the manipulation of public opinion over social media. This briefing will provide a first look at the Lab’s most recent research findings from a series of country specific case studies and help ground a group conversation about the prospects for improving deliberative democracy.

This case studies series focuses on the spread of computational propaganda in nine countries, including several with recent or upcoming elections: Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United States. Each case study involves an investigation of digital misinformation in domestic politics, with particular attention to the role of automated and algorithmic manipulation. You can access the findings here.

About the Project on Computational Propaganda

This large social data science project began conducting research in 2014. It has been ahead of the curve in tracking the impact of bots, fake news, and algorithmic manipulation on democracy. Our evidence base includes big data analysis of Twitter content, network analysis of public Facebook pages, and over 100 interviews with hackers, bot writers, and political operatives around the world. Our work has been driving public conversations about the causes, consequences, and solutions to these problems, with coverage on CBS 60 Minutes, ABC Nightline and in the New York Times. This group briefing will provide an opportunity to ask direct questions about the evidence and trends