Foreign Astroturfing for BREXIT Leave on Twitter


Your are perhaps familiar with the term “grassroots“. In a political context this is bottom up – it is collective action from the local level to effect change at the local, regional, national, or international level. Astroturfing is where malicious forces promote propaganda that is designed to look and feel like a grassroots movement, but … Read more

Finding Patterns in Big Data with machine learning

At the recent AAAS meeting Dr Genevera Allen gave a talk in which she highlights a rather interesting problem that specifically relates to the use of machine learning. Sitting between our ears is a pattern seeking engine that can and will at times identify false positives. We build in our own image and so we … Read more

Who Shares Fake News the most?

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The internet is a disruptive technology. As it has rolled out over the last couple of decades many of the traditional and accepted ways that humans interact have been radically altered. This vastly increased flow of information has rippled into commerce, education, shopping, and also has now see the skewing of democratic outcomes via the … Read more

Do EnChroma glasses for colour blind people work?


Color blindness means that the light-sensitive cells in the retina are not responding appropriately to variations in wavelengths of light that enable people to see an array of colors. The picture above gives you an idea of what that might be like. It can manifest to varying degrees and so it can be modest or … Read more