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.

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