The Computational Propaganda Research Project (COMPROP) investigates
the interaction of algorithms, automation and politics. This work
includes analysis of how tools like social media bots are used to
manipulate public opinion by amplifying or repressing political content,
disinformation, hate speech, junk or fake news.
In their most recent report COMPROP have identified how organisations, often with public money, have created a system to help ‘define and manage what is in the best interest of the public.’
COMPROP have compared such organisations across 28 countries, created
an inventory system and logged the kinds of messages, valences
(positive or negative messaging) and communication strategies used. They
have also catalogued organisational forms and evaluated their
capacities in terms of budgets and staffing.