2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

RoboPresident: Politics in an Algorithmic World

Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5
110 E 2nd St


Over 25 millions users on Twitter are actually bots: automated programs that simulate human behavior on the internet. Politicians and campaigners use these coded social actors to massively beef up social media follower numbers, control election conversations, and stymie activism online. Journalists, on the other hand, have created bots that attempt to keep those in power honest. There are 'good' bots that track campaign donations, controversial viewpoints, and congressional edits of Wikipedia. This panel of experts will investigate the the rise of political bot usage across the internet. We will discuss how this technology has evolved and what this means for citizens worldwide.

Hashtags: #sxsw #roboprez


Andres Monroy-Hernandez at SXSW

Andres Monroy-Hernandez


Mircosoft Fuse Labs

Social computing researcher at Microsoft Research interested in collective action, civic media, and peer production. His research has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and Wired. Andrés was...

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Meredith Broussard at SXSW

Meredith Broussard

Asst Professor Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute

New York University

Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and a 2016 research fellow at Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalis...

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Samuel Woolley at SXSW

Samuel Woolley

Project Mgr

Computational Propaganda Research Project

Samuel Woolley conducts research on politics, digital culture and automation at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication. Currently, he is investigating the global usage of politi...

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Tim Hwang at SXSW

Tim Hwang


The Awesome Foundation

Tim Hwang is a researcher at Data & Society in New York, where he explores the policymaking impact of intelligent systems on society.


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