Foundation of the Competence Center “Social Media Analytics” 0

Foundation of the Competence Center “Social Media Analytics”

The ninth ERCIS annual workshop was held in Luleå, Sweden, from August 22 to August 24, 2018, and included many presentations from various international members of the ERCIS network on their projects during the last year.

Among other things, the sixth ERCIS Competence Center “Social Media Analytics” was founded during the meeting on 08/24/18. In the future, Heike Trautmann and Christian Grimme are responsible for the identification and analysis of misinformation, propaganda and the manipulation of online media.

The proliferation of Social Media and News Websites has increased the possibility of misinformation being disseminated by trolls or social bots read by many people.

The Competence Center “Social Media Analytics” strives to conduct interdisciplinary research on this current topic and to develop new scientific approaches. The focus is on the identification of propaganda in online media, the development of advanced techniques for the detection of manipulation attempts and misinformation and the development of proposals for how to ensure transparency in social media.

Up-to-date information on the Competence Center can be found at

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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).

Do Bots, Trolls and Fakes influence our political opinion? Panel-Discussion with Lena Frischlich 0

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 this a new and dangerous dimension of power corruptibility and manipulation?

Dr. Lena Frischlich was invited as an expert on the ecosystem of alternative media.

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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