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Media Manipulation

One of the most dangerous trends of our time: Harnessing the vast new possibilities of the digital age, including misuse of both mainstream and social media, 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 by distorting the messages the public receives, what damage they inflict, and how free and open societies can defend against them.

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8 Article
Jon Allsop
Columbia Journalism Review, 2022
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Building Trust at the Origin

Project Origin aims to create a measure of accountability through provenance: By certifying the source of the content like a watermark, we can safeguard against manipulation.
Microsoft, 2021
8 Book

Culture Warlords

My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
Talia Lavin
Legacy Lit, 2020
8 Book

Regardless of Frontiers

Global Freedom of Expression in a Troubled World
Lee C. Bollinger and Agnes Callamard
Columbia UP, 2021
8 Article
Tobias Natterer
Webby Awards, 2021
8 Book

Media Capture

How Money, Digital Platforms, and Governments Control the News
Anya Schiffrin
Columbia UP, 2021
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The Misinformation Age

How False Beliefs Spread
James Owen Weatherall and Cailin O'Connor
Yale UP, 2020
9 Book

Zucked

Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Roger McNamee
Penguin Press, 2019
9 Article
Jon Allsop
Columbia Journalism Review, 2021
9 Article

In 2020, Disinformation Broke the US

Lies about science, civil rights, and the vote itself have turned Americans against one another.
Jane Lytvynenko
Buzzfeed, 2020