The Human Consequences of Computational Propaganda: Eight Case Studies from the 2018 US Midterm Elections

Joseff, Katie; Woolley, Samuel

This series of research papers works to track the use of computational propaganda during the 2018 US midterms in order to set the stage for similar research and inquiry during future events. We conducted case studies of eight different social and issue-focused groups. Where possible, we worked with authors, researchers, and experts who represented the groups they covered. This was a deliberate choice aimed toward expanding the cadre of voices speaking about issues of computational propaganda. The eight case studies on Computational Propaganda in the US are:
• Anti-Climate Science
• Anti-Immigrant
• Anti-Latinx
• Black Women Gun Enthusiasts
• Jewish Americans
• Moderate Republicans
• Muslim Americans
• Women’s Reproductive Rights