Governments don't set the political agenda anymore, bots do

Messaging Apps 2017-01-19


Data itself is increasingly harnessed for political ends, and bots are much better and faster than humans at scooping up data from one place and pointedly making it visible in another. Another Twitter bot @EveryTrumpDonor hooks into the US Federal Election database and tweets the name, location and occupation of - you've guessed it - every Trump donor. @stopandfrisk tweets every stop-and-search conducted by the NYPD in 2011. In Panama City, potholes weren't getting fixed - until a local TV station set up small pressure pads that automatically tweeted a complaint to the Department of Public Works every time a car disturbed them.


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Date tagged:

01/19/2017, 10:43

Date published:

01/13/2017, 05:12