A new study, by a respected scholar on internet culture, winds up a penetrating indictment of journalism’s internal inconsistencies. A new report titled “The Oxygen of Amplification” offers an unprecedented look at the fundamental paradox of reporting on the so-called “alt-right”: Doing so without amplifying that ideology is extremely difficult, if not downright impossible. The report comes out of the Data & Society research institute’s Media Manipulation Initiative, and is written by Whitney Phillips, author of This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Internet Culture. It draws on in-depth conversations with dozens of journalists (including WIRED’s Emma Grey Ellis, who reports frequently on the topic) to illustrate an uncomfortable truth: Journalists inadvertently helped catalyze the rapid rise of the alt-right, turning it into a story before it was necessarily newsworthy.
To Live in a Lie. How lying became a new normal in the russian society. “About how the Lie metastasized to the whole of the Russian society, how the Russians are already lying to themselves and do not want to admit the truth.”
Author Vladimir Gelman, political scientist and professor at the European University in St. Petersburg.
A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose? by Carole Cadwalladr
BRUSSELS — The European Union has launched public consultations on “fake news” and online disinformation, and will also set up a group of experts in an effort to map out an EU strategy for tackling these threats by the spring of 2018.
The moves come after the European Commission chief tasked the commissioner for the digital economy and society, Mariya Gabriel, to “look into the challenges the online platforms create for our democracies with regard to the spread of fake information and initiate a reflection on what would be needed at EU level to protect our citizens.”
RESEARCH DIVISION NATO DEFENSE COLLEGE, November 2016
Keir Giles is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. He also works with Conflict Studies Research Centre, a group of subject matter experts in Eurasian security based in Cambridge. Read here
Are we really losing our old model of good governance? Disruption in our communication and public universe. You should see this, till the end. Technosociologist Zeynep Tufecki describes how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to influence our political opinions.