Last updated on: 8/16/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Samantha Bradshaw, MA Biography

Title:
Researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and undermine trust in the media, public institutions, and science…

We have found evidence of formally organized social media manipulation campaigns in 48 countries, up from 28 countries last year. In each country there is at least one political party or government agency using social media to manipulate public opinion domestically. Much of this growth comes from countries where political parties are spreading disinformation during elections.”

Cowritten with Philip N. Howard, “Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,” Computational Propaganda Research Project website, 2018

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Canadian International Council, Aug. 2017-present
  • Researcher, Computational Propaganda Project, Oxford University, Dec. 2016-present
  • Research Associate, Global Security and Politics, Center for International Governance Innovation, Oct. 2013-Aug. 2016
  • Research Assistant, Wilfrid Laurier University, Sep. 2013-Jan. 2014
Education:
  • DPhil candidate, Information, Communication, and the Social Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, expected graduation 2021
  • MA, Global Governance and Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, 2013
  • BA, Political Science and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo, 2012
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @sbradshaww
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?