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As younger Chinese become increasingly addicted to their mobile devices, the government’s propaganda offices have had to rethink their strategies. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Chinese propaganda goes tech-savvy to reach a new generation

To stay relevant, the Chinese Communist Party is rethinking its approach to propaganda. The reviews are decidedly mixed, but overall, younger Chinese seem drawn to the messaging.
When protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong, China’s state media had several tactics for how to describe it: some outlets ignored it, while others railed against ‘extremists’. Jerome Favre/AAP

Extremist mobs? How China’s propaganda machine tried to control the message in the Hong Kong protests

Pro-Beijing media used different messages to target specific audiences inside and outside China during the Hong Kong protests, but each had the same goal – putting the right spin on the news.
Trump’s poll numbers went up after high levels of Russian troll activity, though Clinton’s didn’t go down. AP/Mary Altaffer, Chuck Burton

Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

An analysis of social media troll activity during the 2016 election campaign shows that exposure to Russian propaganda may have helped change American minds in favor of Republican candidate Trump.
In recent years, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp papers have become more politically aggressive, adopting the openly partisan approach of British tabloids. Jason Reed/AAP

The secret history of News Corp: a media empire built on spreading propaganda

New research reveals how News Limited was secretly established in the early 1900s by a mining company for the express purpose of disseminating 'propaganda'.
He’s calling – but will you answer? Russian Presidential Executive Office

How to avoid accidentally becoming a Russian agent

The Mueller report reveals that some U.S. citizens helped Russian government agents organize real-life events, aiding Russia's propaganda campaign. Don't be like them.
Over the last hundred years, there have been at least three major waves of ‘progressive’ education in Ontario. Here, Premier Doug Ford with Finance Minister Vic Fedeli after presenting the 2019 budget at the legislature on April 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Welcome to the latest wave of ‘modernizing,’ ‘progressive’ school reforms in Ontario

The Progressive Conservative government's call to modernize education invokes long-standing rhetoric about progressive education in paradoxical ways.
Too many people are spurning democracy and being seduced by propaganda, fake news and political strongmen. This First World War poster shows a giant Gibson Girl as the symbol of democracy, punching a German soldier resembling Hindenburg. (Shutterstock)

Our faith in information is faltering when we most need facts

Many citizens are searching for certainty and control in uncertain times. But that means too many are spurning democracy and being seduced by fake news and political strongmen. Democracy needs our help.
Look out for Russian influence. M-SUR/Shutterstock.com

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations’ way

European countries, especially the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have confronted Russian disinformation campaigns for decades. The US can learn from their experience.
Social media misinformation rose significantly before the 2016 presidential election. Georgejmclittle/shutterstock.com

Unlike in 2016, there was no spike in misinformation this election cycle

The Iffy Quotient measured misinformation on social media in the run-up to the recent elections. Facebook has gotten better at combating untrustworthy links, but Twitter still struggles.

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