Media Manipulation

One of the most dangerous trends of our time: Harnessing the vast new possibilities of the digital age, malicious actors find it easier than ever to disseminate lies and conspiracy theories. With minimal effort and resources they can destabilize whole societies and even influence elections. Read these summaries and learn how they operate, what damage they inflict and how a free and open society can defend against them.
In: Society

Summaries

The Tribalism of Truth
As political polarization grows, the arguments we have with one another may be shifting our understanding of truth itself

Mathew Fisher et al.

Scientific American, 2018

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The Science of Fake News
Addressing fake news requires a multidisciplinary effort

David M. J. Lazer et al.

Science, 2018

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The Cambridge Analytica Files
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

Carole Cadwalladr

The Observer, 2018

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The Cambridge Analytica Con
How media coverage misses the mark on the Trump data scam

Yasha Levine

The Baffler, 2018

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The Noisy Fallacies of Psychographic Targeting
Cambridge Analytica’s targeting efforts probably didn’t work, but Facebook should be embarrassed anyway.

Antonio García Martínez

Wired, 2018

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What Facebook Did to American Democracy
And why it was so hard to see it coming

Alexis C. Madrigal

The Atlantic, 2017

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Update: Russian Interference in 2016 US Election, Bots, & Misinformation
Twitter's view on what to do about fake news and election meddling

Twitter PublicPolicy

Twitter, 2017

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On the Referendum #21
Branching Histories of the 2016 Referendum and “The Frogs Before the Storm”

Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings's Blog, 2017

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Laura Galante

TED, 2017

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This Article Won’t Change Your Mind
The Facts on Why Facts Alone Can’t Fight False Beliefs

Julie Beck

The Atlantic, 2017

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