A new form of software robot has been making its presence felt in social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter lately – the socialbot. Unlike more familiar bots, socialbots are built to appear human. While a weatherbot will tell you if it's sunny and a spambot will incessantly peddle Viagra, socialbots will ask you questions, have conversations, like your posts, retweet you, and become your friend. All the while, if they're well-programmed, you won't know that you're tweeting and friending with a robot.
We encourage proposals from people working in a wide range of fields, including communication, humanities, social sciences, computer science, software engineering, software studies, science and technology studies, philosophy, marketing, and media and cultural studies. We want accessible, well-researched chapters that not only inform others about these 'bots, but also establish socialbots as a new object of inquiry from many perspectives.
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