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Amélie Henle: Social Media Manipulation in Politics
Monday 24 February 2020, 20:00 - 22:00
Online interference in elections has been a globally relevant topic, not just since the allegation of Russian interference in the US elections of 2016. Bots and fake news are just some of the tools used to influence public opinion shaping on the internet. A Freedom House Study found that domestic or international actors interfered digitally in 26 of 30 countries that held elections or referendums in 2019.
How does social media influence current politics? Is there a way to spot manipulation?
To answer these questions and more, we will be joined by Amélie Henle. She is a graduate student at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford. She is also a Research Assistant on the Computational Propaganda Research Project supporting the 2019 Global Cyber Troop Inventory. Her research focuses on computational propaganda in Europe and the Balkan region. Prior to joining the OII, Amélie completed the interdisciplinary programme Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) at the University of Amsterdam, where she focused on the societal implications of governmental automated decision-making processes, particularly predictive policing.
This lecture is organised by the Activities Committee. It is free and open to everybody.