I invited Phil Howard and Gillian Bolsover in November of 2016 to guest edit this special issue of Big Data on ‘‘Computational Propaganda.’’ I am delighted at the collection of academic papers that they have curated on the subject, which is front and center at the moment. Politicians, journalists, and scholars grapple with how and to what extent social-media platforms were used to manipulate the presidential election of the oldest democracy in the world.

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V. Dhar. (2017). Should We Regulate Digital Platforms? Big Data 5(4).

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