Bot or Not

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How many of your Facebook friends are robots? Maybe more than you think. New research from the University of British Columbia suggests that online social networks like Facebook can be easily infiltrated by socialbots - computer programs designed to pass themselves off as human beings. We'll hear from UBC researcher Konstantin Beznosov, socialbot coding competition organizer Tim Hwang, and professor Maria Bakardjieva on the world of socialbots and how they may soon be influencing opinions and changing the shape of social networks.

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