Archive for Politics

  • 12th January 2017

    10 ways the tech industry and the media helped create President Trump

    Three weeks after Donald Trump won a historic victory to become the 45th president of the United States, the media postmortems continue. In particular, the role played by the media and technology industries is coming under heavy scrutiny in the press, with Facebook’s role in the rise of fake news...

  • 10th January 2017

    How Twitter bots affected the US presidential campaign

    Key to democracy is public engagement – when people discuss the issues of the day with each other openly, honestly and without outside influence. But what happens when large numbers of participants in that conversation are biased robots created by unseen groups with unknown agendas? As my research has found,...

  • 9th January 2017

    Grattan on Friday: Sometimes, sexism gets the reward it deserves

    Four years after her famous “misogyny speech” attacking Tony Abbott, and when an extraordinary American presidential campaign is featuring gender in both a good and a bad way, Julia Gillard reflected this week on her experience as a woman at the top. Speaking in London at a memorial for Jo...

  • 4th January 2017

    Can Facebook influence an election result?

    Facebook was in hot water this May over allegations of a liberal bias in its “Trending” topics feature. This was not the first time Facebook had been accused of covertly meddling with politics. In 2012, Facebook took heat for tweaking the news feed of 1.9 million users for increased political...

  • 1st December 2016

    Social media can increase youth’s political interest

    The rapid growth of social media in recent years means people are exposed to an abundance of information every day, but there is little research on the effects such exposure has on political interest and engagement. The two most popular social media outlets, Facebook and Twitter, provide vast amounts of...

  • 16th November 2016

    Twitter Chat: How political squabbles on social media stressed us out this year

    Log into Facebook or Twitter today and it’s likely that you’ll find something political within the first few posts of your news feed. According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, a significant number of people are feeling strained by the massive amount of political discourse on social...