PropStop at re:publica 2018

Two members of the PropStop research team were on stage at Germany’s largest internet conference, re:publica, which took place in Berlin from May 3rd to May 5th: Under the panel title „Digitale Öffentlichkeit – und was machen wir jetzt?“ Lena Frischlich discussed with Judith Simon, Professor of Ethics in Information Technology at the University of…

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Manipulation on the Internet: (Media) education between fake accounts, social bots and propaganda.

The “media competency framework Nordrhine-Westphalia” is an instrument to foster media competency in manifold formal and non-formal educational contexts. It serves as reference frame for the implementation of firm requirements in future curricula. In addition, the media competency framework NRW can trigger important processes of school- and lesson development as he allows for the implementation…

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Big Data article on hybridization in Social Bots

Social bots are not simply anonymous machines running wild. They have to be designed, deployed and maintained by humans. In fact, the fully automated bots we currently find are very simple. We attempt a useful definition of social bots, together with a rough taxonomy. We then discuss how bot capabilities can be extended and controlled…

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Who’s lying on the net? From bots, trolls and other actors – panel discussion with Mike Preuß

In order to be able to move safely through the Internet, knowledge of the technical possibilities of manipulation is crucial. Above all, the targeted influencing of discourses and opinions has become a major topic. Terms such as “fake news”,”filter bubbles”,”social bots” and “big data” characterize the debate about digital communication. Dr. Mike Preuß spoke at the…

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