The Observer: The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

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 

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EU Takes On Fake News, Disinformation

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.

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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.”

Handbook of Russian Information Warfare

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

 

Disruptive dystopia, lives for sale, data driven plutocracy

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.