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.
A History from Socrates to Social Media
Basic Books, 2022
Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception (Inalienable Rights)
Oxford UP, 2021
Free Press, 2010
Off the Edge
Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything
Algonquin Books, 2022
The People Onscreen Are Fake.
The Disinformation Is Real.
The New York Times, 2023
The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century
Princeton UP, 2022
You Are Here
A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape
MIT Press, 2021
Digital Media Literacy
Empathizing with the Internet
The Walrus, 2022
You are probably spreading misinformation. Here’s how to stop.
A citizen’s guide to not helping trolls, bots and other online disinformers during turbulent times.
The Washington Post, 2020
Are Toxic Political Conversations Changing How We Feel about Objective Truth?
As political polarization grows, the arguments we have with one another may be shifting our understanding of truth itself
Scientific American, 2018
Columbia Journalism Review, 2022
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.