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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Do Bots, Trolls and Fakes influence our political opinion? Panel-Discussion with Lena Frischlich

The Landeszentrale für politische Bildung in cooperation with Transparency International held a Panel-Discussion on Monday evening, November 27, 2017 on the topic of „opinions. media. manipulation.“ as part of the „Anti-Corruption-Day“. In a time where social bots and „fake news“ and their influence on political elections are frequently discussed, this evening focused on the question: Is…

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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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Prof. Quandt gave a presentation on fake news and their effect on the German general election

At the joint conference of the Akademie für Politische Bildung and the Deutschen Vereinigung für Parlamentsfragen e.V. on the analysis of the Bundestagswahl from 6th to 8th of October, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt gave a presentation titled “Fake news oder belegbare Tatsachen? Manipulationsversuche im digitalen Wahlkampf”. In addition to Prof. Quandt, a large number of other…

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Chivy on social media – New column on SPON

Consortium member Christian Stöcker from HAW Hamburg, who also works as columnist for SPIEGEL ONLINE, has taken up the latest work of the project team in Münster in a current text. The discussion focused on the social media activities of certain activists around the TV debates in the run-up to the Bundestagswahl – and the…

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