Big Data article on hybridization in Social Bots 0

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 by integrating humans into the process and reason that this is currently the most promising way to realize meaningful interactions with other humans. This finally leads to the conclusion that hybridization is a challenge for current detection mechanisms and has to be handled with more sophisticated approaches to identify political propaganda distributed with social bots.

Grimme, C., Preuss, M., Adam, L., & Trautmann, H. (2017). Social Bots: Human-Like by Means of Human Control? Big Data, 5(4), 279–293. https://doi.org/10.1089/big.2017.0044

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Who’s lying on the net? From bots, trolls and other actors – panel discussion with Mike Preuß 0

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 panel discussion “Wer lügt im Netz? – Von Bots, Trollen und anderen Akteuren” in the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften about the detection of propaganda attacks on social media.

A recording of the panel discussion can be found online on the web pages of the science portal of the Gerda Henkel Foundation (link in German).

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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“.

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Other experts included Lisa-Maria Neudert (Oxford Internet Institute), Dr. Thomas Köcher (Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen) and Dr. Frank Schulte (Editor„buten und binnen“ Radio Bremen). These presented their research on the potential of manipulation through the internet, the relevance of fake news for opinion-forming and potential counter-strategies.

Here you can find the press release of Transparency International.

 

 

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