Social Media and Democracy: Three Painful Truths Social Media and Democracy: Three Painful Truths
Social Media and Democracy: Three Painful Truths
February 7, 2019
By Ronald J. Deibert Once it was conventional wisdom to assume that social media would enable greater access to information, facilitate collective organizing, and empower civil society. Now, these platforms are seen as contributing to society’s ills. Increasingly, scholars and the public at large ar ...
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Democracy and the Illiberal Temptation: A Conversation with Marc Plattner Democracy and the Illiberal Temptation: A Conversation with Marc Plattner
Democracy and the Illiberal Temptation: A Conversation with Marc Plattner
February 5, 2019
In this episode, featured guest Marc F. Plattner discusses the convergence of interests between elected populist leaders and resurgent authoritarians and the ways these actors are exploiting the crisis of confidence in political parties evident in a growing number of democracies to undermine democra ...
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‘Conformation Bias’: Political Tribalism as a Driver of Disinformation ‘Conformation Bias’: Political Tribalism as a Driver of Disinformation
‘Conformation Bias’: Political Tribalism as a Driver of Disinformation
January 15, 2019
By Peter Kreko Those who study disinformation as a phenomenon often view persistent belief in propaganda and conspiracy theories as a kind of individual information-processing error: a consequence of personal cognitive failings and shortcomings. And, of course, cognitive factors such as superficiali ...
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Troll Up Your Sleeves: Using Research to Uncover State-Sponsored Harassment Online Troll Up Your Sleeves: Using Research to Uncover State-Sponsored Harassment Online
Troll Up Your Sleeves: Using Research to Uncover State-Sponsored Harassment Online
January 10, 2019
By Nick Monaco The abuse of modern telecommunications technologies by governments is capturing headlines the world over: the 2017 Cambridge Analytica scandal, for example, helped put digital disinformation squarely on the public agenda. But state-sponsored trolling—a new form of human rights abuse u ...
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