SAMbot is a project that uses machine learning to track toxic social media content received by candidates in Canadian elections. Since launching in 2021, SAMbot has analyzed over 3.6 million tweets received by over 1,100 candidates across federal, provincial and municipal elections. Insights from this work have received national media coverage and been presented at meetings across governmental, policy, technology, human rights and academic spaces.
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Media Coverage & Citations Brampton Guardian | August 15, 2023: 'Abusive working conditions': Online attacks in Brampton municipal election among worst in Canada, report finds Vancouver Sun | July 9, 2023: Nearly 11,000 abusive tweets targeted Vancouver and Surrey election candidates CANADALAND | June 29, 2023: SHORT CUTS #897 PostStar Royco The Conversation | October 27, 2022: #MeToo turns 5: Taking stock of gender-based violence in Canadian politics Toronto Star | October 24, 2022: Toronto 2022 municipal election brings dismal voter turnout Toronto Star | September 18, 2022: Anger, delusion and distrust: Is Canada’s democracy in decline? The Hill Times | August 19, 2022: ‘Prevailing sense that toxicity is continuing to rise,’ as report finds one in six tweets analyzed during 2021 federal election ‘likely to be toxic’ Toronto Star: August 18, 2022: Time to tackle online abuse CBC The Current | August 31, 2022: Women in politics are facing increasing harassment CTV Northern Ontario | June 24, 2022: Rise in threats to politicians an attempt 'to undermine democracy': Northern MP CBC News | May 22, 2022: "I did consider backing out": This candidate and others face hate in Ontario election Betakit | May 19, 2022: Should politicians use Twitter + Ontario's election budget Policy Options Podcast | September 15, 2021: Tracking Online Toxicity in #Elnx44 CBC Radio: All in a Day with Alan Neal | September 21, 2021: How toxic was the 2021 election? Ottawa Citizen | August 31, 2021: Hostility on the 2021 campaign trail: Defaced campaign signs, toxic tweets and disrupted events. CityNews Toronto | Aug 31, 2021: ‘Toxic’ online posts having negative impact on federal election voters CBC News Power & Politics | August 30, 2021 VIDEO
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Narcity | August 30, 2021: A New Report Just Revealed Which Party Leader Is Getting The Most Hate Online Right Now 630 CHED Afternooons | Aug 30, 2021: Decision Canada: Tracking online abuse during the election campaign – with AI technology based in Edmonton Global News | August 29, 2021 VIDEO
CTV News | August 29, 2021: Racialized, female candidates more likely to face online abuse during campaign, analysis finds. Future of Good | August 27, 2021: 15 Tough Questions Social Sector Leaders Would Ask Federal Candidates In An Election Debate Globe and Mail | August 26, 2021: Green Leader Paul points out threats targeting her online, calls for accountability Le Devoir | 26 août 2021: La cheffe du Parti vert dénonce les menaces en ligne contre les politiciens. Toronto Star | August 25, 2021: Torrent of online ‘toxicity,’ including hate, targeting election candidates: study CBC Radio: The Morning Edition K-W with Craig Norris | August 24, 2021: New project tracks toxic tweets aimed at candidates during federal election CBC Radio with Ramraajh Sharvendiran | August 23, 2021: Ontario Morning CBC Radio: Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly, Tara McCarthy | August 23, 2021: Tracking toxic tweets during the federal election CBC’s Information Radio – MB | August 23, 2021: A new project is tracking toxic tweets aimed at candidates and political parties during the Federal election