Category: Internet freedom

The ‘Great Online Convergence’: Digital authoritarianism comes to democracies?

     

  Russian civil society continues to dismantle pro-Kremlin disinformation, using both laughter and journalistic investigations. February has been a good month for those Russians who want to push back against pro-Kremlin… Read more »

How to protect democracy from cyber attacks

     

  Growing cybersecurity threats are disrupting democracies and relationships around the world, the Truman National Security Project observes.* Democracies are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks which can target institutions directly,… Read more »

How technology strengthens digital dictators

     

As autocracies have learned to co-opt new technologies, they have become a more formidable threat to democracy. In particular, today’s dictatorships have grown more durable. Between 1946 and 2000—the year… Read more »

Countering ‘high-tech illiberalism’: Information pollution’s disturbing power

     

Online disinformation campaigns supported by fundamental changes in military and geopolitical strategies of major players such as Russia and China harden tribal factions and undermine the security of infrastructure systems in… Read more »

Online techniques & social media business model distorting democratic process

     

The business model of social media makes the algorithmic amplification of messages like hate speech and disinformation a lucrative proposition and a destabilizing force in a democratic society, the International… Read more »

AI, big data and democracy’s future: Misinformation, echo chambers & targeted propaganda?

     

While digital transformation has enriched societal discourse, it has also led to an increase of “misinformation, echo chambers and targeted propaganda” and provided authoritarian states with new means of surveillance… Read more »

Social media ‘weaponized’: Collective action needed to halt ‘abuse and deception’ of democratic process

     

Should we accept that the current social media model is incompatible with a healthy democracy? Social media has changed the nature of democratic conversation, argues Andrew Marantz [@andrewmarantz], author of… Read more »

From Gutenberg to Google: Disinformation wars ‘only just getting started’

     

British populist Nigel Farage and his Brexit party have voted against stronger European Union measures aimed at countering “highly dangerous” Russian disinformation, the Guardian reports: The party cast their votes… Read more »

A new way to hack democracy? How to deal with the ‘Digital Disinformation Mess’

     

The rise of political impersonation threatens a core aspect of democracy: the process by which federal agencies canvass public opinion before enacting new regulations, BuzzFeed’s Jeremy Singer-Vine and Kevin Collier report:… Read more »

Global Disinformation Order: organized social media manipulation in at least 70 countries

     

Organized social media manipulation has more than doubled since 2017, with at least 70 states employing computational propaganda to shape public opinion, according to a new analysis.  In Vietnam, citizens… Read more »