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  • Political BotsPolitical Bots 30 Jun 2016 02:33AM

    Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

    Our work on Brexit Bots was featured in “Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote” on the website for the New Scientist: Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social media accounts that might [...]

  • Phil HowardPhil Howard 30 Jun 2016 02:31AM

    Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

    Our work on Brexit Bots was featured in “Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote” on the website for the New Scientist: Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social […] The post Beware the [...]

  • Phil HowardPhil Howard 23 Jun 2016 01:12AM

    These ‘bots’ could sway the Brexit vote

    Our paper on Brexit Bots was featured in “These ‘bots’ could sway the Brexit vote” on CNBC: Automated social media accounts are being used by both sides in the Brexit debate, a new report shows, with some experts fearing that a sudden surge in activity by the “bots” could influence the […] The post These ‘bots’ could [...]

  • Political BotsPolitical Bots 23 Jun 2016 01:12AM

    These ‘bots’ could sway the Brexit vote

    Our paper on Brexit Bots was featured in “These ‘bots’ could sway the Brexit vote” on CNBC: Automated social media accounts are being used by both sides in the Brexit debate, a new report shows, with some experts fearing that a sudden surge in activity by the “bots” could influence the referendum vote. [...]

  • Political BotsPolitical Bots 21 Jun 2016 19:08PM

    Three Research Appointments in Computational Social Science

    We are looking for three talented researchers to join our team of computational social scientists at Oxford.  Ideally, we’d like to have one person interested in the sociology of algorithmic production, another interested in the policy implications of bots, and another in the computational analysis of political bots and botnets. The full job [...]

  • Phil HowardPhil Howard 21 Jun 2016 18:51PM

    Bots, #StrongerIn, and #Brexit: Computational Propaganda during the UK-EU Referendum

    Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and they are active on the StrongerIn-Brexit conversation happening over Twitter. These automated scripts generate content through these platforms and then interact with people. Political bots are automated accounts that are particularly active on public policy issues, [...]

  • Vyacheslav PolonskiVyacheslav Polonski 21 Jun 2016 00:32AM

    How #CatsAgainstBrexit could’ve saved the EU

    Analysing the Internet’s response to the EU referendum debateContinue reading on Medium » [...]

  • Taha YasseriTaha Yasseri 20 Jun 2016 21:30PM

    Underestangin voters’ information seeking behaiviour

    Jonathan and I recently published a paper titled “Wikipedia traffic data and electoral prediction: towards theoretically informed models“ in EPJ Data Science. In this article we examine the possibility of predicting election results by analysing Wikipedia traffic going to different articles related to the parties involved in the [...]

  • Vyacheslav PolonskiVyacheslav Polonski 20 Jun 2016 18:36PM

    #Nofilter debate: Brexit campaigners still dominate on Instagram

    How the EU referendum debate is playing out on social mediaContinue reading on Medium » [...]

  • Mark GrahamMark Graham 17 Jun 2016 15:19PM

    Mapping the EU Referendum on Twitter

    With the British Eu Referendum vote looming, we decided to take a look at what the sentiment for the remain vs. the leave vote looks like on Twitter. The map above takes all geotagged tweets that were sent in great Britain between April 15 and June 14 and filters them by pro-leave hashtags (#leave, #britainout, #voteleave, #betteroffout, #no2eu) [...]

  • Big Data and Human DevelopmentBig Data and Human Development 10 Jun 2016 10:40AM

    Symposium on Big Data and Human Development

    We are happy to announce a two-day symposium (Sept 15-16) that we are running in Oxford on the topic of big data and human development. This workshop aims to move forward the debate about the ways in which big data is used, can be used, and should be used in development. This symposium will also serve […] [...]

  • Anne-Marie OostveenAnne-Marie Oostveen 8 Jun 2016 15:23PM

    Unravelling privacy protection: Understanding the use of encryption in society

    Encryption is used to prevent unauthorised access to information. Online, users encounter encryption often without noticing, as it protects the transmission of many websites or emails in the background. With regard to intentionally protecting the content of data and more specifically emails, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and its open-source [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 6 Jun 2016 14:14PM

    Presenting the Digital Knowledge Economy Index at the Upcoming Development Studies Association Conference

    In this year’s Development Studies Association Conference, we will present a paper titled ‘Measuring the Hidden Contours of the Global Knowledge Economy with a Digital Index’. In this paper we propose a Digital Knowledge Economy Index, which combines traditional data sources with bespoke data on capacities and skills (measured via content-creation [...]

  • Jobs in Big Data and Development

    The Alan Turing Institute is now hiring 3-year fellows in social data science and the digital humanities. One of the specific areas that they are looking for is someone who does research at the intersections of big data and development studies. Check out specifics on their website (closing date July 13). [...]

  • Political BotsPolitical Bots 31 May 2016 23:12PM

    A $1 Million Fight Against Hillary Clinton’s Online Trolls

    Helped with a story on the Atlantic about Hillary Clinton’s response to online trolling. “A lot of digital campaign strategy is experimental and run for fear of losing,” Phil Howard, a professor at the Oxford Internet Institute said. “No one wants to be the team who lost because they didn’t try a particular strategy, but that... Continue [...]

  • Phil HowardPhil Howard 31 May 2016 23:10PM

    A $1 Million Fight Against Hillary Clinton’s Online Trolls

    Helped with a story on the Atlantic about Hillary Clinton’s response to online trolling. “A lot of digital campaign strategy is experimental and run for fear of losing,” Phil Howard, a professor at the Oxford Internet Institute said. “No one wants to be the team who lost because they didn’t try […] The post A $1 Million Fight Against [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 31 May 2016 13:36PM

    Sexism Typology: Literature Review

    As Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, has recently highlighted, “it seems to be increasingly difficult to talk about sexism, equality, and women’s rights” (Everyday Sexism Project, 2015). With many theorists suggesting that we have entered a so-called “post-feminist” era in which gender equality has been achieved (cf. McRobbie, [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 31 May 2016 08:26AM

    Sexism Typology: Literature Review

    As Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, has recently highlighted, “it seems to be increasingly difficult to talk about sexism, equality, and women’s rights” (Everyday Sexism Project, 2015). With many theorists suggesting that we have entered a so-called “post-feminist” era in which gender equality has been achieved (cf. McRobbie, [...]

  • Mark GrahamMark Graham 30 May 2016 18:38PM

    Power, politics and digital development (our DSA 2016 sessions)

    We’ve pulled together a fantastic group of papers for the upcoming DSA meeting in Oxford:ConvenorsRichard Heeks (University of Manchester) emailMark Graham (University of Oxford) emailBen Ramalingam (Institute of Development Studies) emailShort AbstractCovers the broad intersection of power, politics and digital development including both [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 27 May 2016 15:49PM

    Digital work marketplaces impose a new balance of power

    Factories can’t run, farms can’t produce, mines can’t be mined, supermarkets can’t be stocked, and call centres can’t accept calls if workers don’t go to work. Even though the decks are often stacked against workers, the basic fact that workers can withdraw their labour with strikes, and encourage others to do so with picket lines,… Read More [...]