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Computational Propaganda: Political Parties, Politicians, and Political Manipulation on Social Media

Samuel C. Woolley and Philip N. Howard


Computational propaganda is an emergent form of political manipulation that occurs over the Internet. The term describes the assemblage of social media platforms, autonomous agents, algorithms, and big data tasked with the manipulation of public opinion. Our research shows that this new mode of interrupting and influencing communication is on the rise around the globe. Advances in computing technology, especially around social automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence mean that computational propaganda is becoming more sophisticated and harder to track at an alarming rate. This ... More

Keywords: propaganda, social media, public opinion, big data, algorithms, bots, political manipulation, civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190931407
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190931407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel C. Woolley, editor
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas, Austin

Philip N. Howard, editor
Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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Front Matter

Part I Theoretical Introduction and Analytical Frame


Samuel C. Woolley and Philip N. Howard

Part II Country-Specific Case Studies

1 Russia

Sergey Sanovich

2 Ukraine

Mariia Zhdanova and Dariya Orlova

3 Canada

Elizabeth Dubois and Fenwick McKelvey

4 Poland

Robert Gorwa

5 Taiwan

Nicholas J. Monaco

6 Brazil

Dan Arnaudo

7 Germany

Lisa-Maria N. Neudert

8 United States

Samuel C. Woolley and Douglas Guilbeault

9 China

Gillian Bolsover

Part III Conclusions


Samuel C. Woolley and Philip N. Howard

End Matter