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Stats + Stories: How To Identify Russian Bots

Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Online trolls and bots are not new. As long as there's been an interactive Internet, there have been people spreading misinformation and distrust. However, during the 2016 US presidential election cycle, the work of trolls and bots became hyper visible, as did some country’s support of that work. Politics, bots and data are the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics, and Richard Campbell of Media, Journalism and Film. Their is Joshua Tucker, a professor of politics at New York University, as well as Director of the University's Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia and co-director of NYU’s social media as political participation lab. Tucker has published with a number of co-authors research examining issues related to trolling, bots and fake news. He joins us in the studio today after traveling to Miami on a visit sponsored by the Havighurst Center for Russian and post-Soviet studies as part of the colloquium series on Russian media strategies at home and abroad. 

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.    

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