Foreign Interference through Social Media – Parliamentary submission

On 5 December 2019, the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media to inquire into and report on the risk posed to Australia’s democracy by foreign interference through social media. A team of researchers from the VOSON Lab (School of Sociology, Australian National University) and the News and […]

PD Dr Florian Muhle visits the VOSON Lab

PD Dr Florian Muhle (Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany) visited the VOSON Lab (School of Sociology, Australian National University) to establish the “ANU Social Dynamics of Attention Centre”. During his visit, PD Dr Muhle gave the seminar presentation: “Types and forms of automation on Twitter” at the ANU School of Sociology Seminar Series. In […]

RSSS Data Sprint 2020 at ANU: tools, methods, data and ideas

Professor Robert Ackland (ANU) and PD Dr Florian Muhle (Bielefeld University), together with Australian colleagues held a data sprint event on ‘Incivility on Social Media’ at the Australian National University in February 2020, with the goal of developing a theoretically informed approach for the detection and analysis of uncivil behaviour on social media. The four-day […]

Twitterbots: Sample chapter on bot personalities

Tony Veale (University College Dublin), shares a sample chapter from his book “Twitterbots Making Machines that Make Meaning” with us today about bot personalities on Twitter (written together with Mike Cook, available through MIT Press). In the chapter, he argues that word choice on social media is revealing in terms of personality. Sentiment tools that […]

Publication about automated political communication on Twitter

An article by Florian Muhle, Robert Ackland and Timothy Graham on the popularity and influence of automated accounts in online conversations during the US presidential election campaign 2016 has been published, based on a presentation at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association. It can be downloaded here: http://publikationen.soziologie.de/index.php/kongressband_2018/article/view/1091

U3B presents web app at the Uni.Stadt.Fest

Last Sunday, we presented our interactive installation “Bot or Not” at the festivities for the 50th anniversary of Bielefeld University. Passersby could talk with us, learn about our project, and try out a web app that we installed on four touchscreens. The web app showed Tweets from Twitter accounts that are suspected to be social […]

Reports about our project in the local press

After a press release by Bielefeld University, we were contacted by the Neue Westfälische and Mindener Tageblatt and gave interviews. We are happy about the opportunity to talk about our project and believe that it indicates the relevance of our research for society. The press release: https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/blog/uninews/entry/unmasking_social_bots. The article in the online version of Neue […]

“Read Me Like a Bot” – Talk at CITEC about Twitter bots

We are looking very much forward to a visit by Tony Veale, a computer scientist from Dublin University College, who will give a talk on 4th of July, 17h-18.30h, at CITEC (room 2.015), titled “Read Me Like a Bot: Lessons from Affective, Topical and Personalised Twitter Bots”. Abstract: Creativity can be an intensely personal affair. […]

U3B project will present its research at festivities for Bielefeld University’s anniversary

We will present our research to the public on Sunday, the 15th September 2019, at the festivities for the 50th anniversary of Bielefeld University. The details are still to be worked out, but we are planning on developing a web application and asking the public whether they think that selected Twitter accounts are automated or […]

Unbiased Bots that Build Bridges (U3B) funded by Volkswagen Foundation

We are happy to announce that “Unbiased Bots that Build Bridges (U3B): Technical Systems that Support Deliberation and Diversity as a Chance for Political Discourse” is being funded for one year by the Volkswagen Foundation. The project is headed by Bielefeld University’s researchers Philipp Cimiano, Ole Pütz (both CITEC), and Florian Muhle (Faculty of Sociology), […]