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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Summaries

The Coming Age of Post-Truth Geopolitics

Robert Chesney and Danielle Citron

Foreign Affairs, 2019

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

Carole Cadwalladr

The Observer, 2018

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How media coverage misses the mark on the Trump data scam

Yasha Levine

The Baffler, 2018

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Cambridge Analytica’s targeting efforts probably didn’t work, but Facebook should be embarrassed anyway.

Antonio García Martínez

Wired, 2018

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And why it was so hard to see it coming

Alexis C. Madrigal

The Atlantic, 2017

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Twitter's view on what to do about fake news and election meddling

Twitter PublicPolicy

Twitter, 2017

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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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The Facts on Why Facts Alone Can’t Fight False Beliefs

Julie Beck

The Atlantic, 2017

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Research on collective recall takes on new importance in a post-fact world.

Laura Spinney

Nature, 2017

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