The Algorithmic Democracy

The day before the election, as millions of Americans were feeling confident that the vast majority of the country shared their opinions, a pair of researchers at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute published a paper that looked closely at something many of us ignored: the provenance of political tweets. Where do they come from? How many are, in reality, made by humans? And if not, who is designing these crude straw-bots? Analyzing Twitter during three televised debates, they discovered that 20% of all political tweets were made by bots. Their patterns and provenance, both pro-Clinton and pro-Trump, were mysterious. Georgia dramatically outpaces any other state when it comes to producing bots. (“We have no evidence of who’s behind the [Georgian] bots,” says author Emilio Ferrara over email.)…

Link to Full Article: The Algorithmic Democracy

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Join Our Newsletter

Sign up to our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates about and the Informed.AI Network of AI related websites which includes Events.AI, Neurons.AI, Awards.AI, and Vocation.AI

You have Successfully Subscribed!