Facebook has known that its algorithms enable trolls to spread propoganda.
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You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray, something organized disinformation campaigns count on.
George Orwell’s writings have left a lasting imprint on American thought and culture.
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George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was an instant success when it was first published. His writings on totalitarianism and socialism continue to be relevant today.
The rally – fed by citizen-spread misinformation and disinformation – that turned into the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection.
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America’s public sphere is broken because propaganda has replaced political communication. How did we all become propagandists?
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The “Freedom Day” rhetoric around the end of COVID-19 restrictions can be best understood through the lens of propaganda.
There’s a sizeable gap between Western perceptions of the role of journalists in democratic societies and China’s view that media should serve the interests of the state.
Dangerous speech is a toxic brew of emotion and age-old tropes.
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Scholars who study dangerous speech have identified common themes that can lead to violence.
As American voters cast their ballots, they are also being targeted with foreign disinformation.
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As Election Day approaches, Americans would do well to remember they are targets of disinformation campaigns. Here’s what they could look like, and what’s being done about them.
China’s campaign from the 1950s to eradicate schistosomiasis, or ‘snail fever’, has been lauded ever since.
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New research shows China’s claim to have eradicated this parasitic disease in the 1950s were false, and part of a big cover up.
Patients of the Imperial asylum at Vincennes celebrate Emperor Napoléon III.
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In 19th-century France, even photographs of hospitals and bridges could become propaganda.
It’s difficult by design to identify disinformation campaign instigators and their agendas.
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Many people who participate in disinformation campaigns are unwitting accomplices and much of the information they spread is accurate, which makes it all the harder to identify the campaigns.
Michael Pack at his confirmation hearing in Washington, September 2019.
New research shows that journalists tend to only resist government interference when they fear it will seriously damage their career prospects’.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Also present is Élisabeth Borne, Minister of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (left).
China’s attempts to promote its actions and model of governance while discrediting the EU are not a short-term response to the pandemic, but part of a long-term strategy to build its international power.
President John F. Kennnedy personally bid the first Peace Corps volunteers farewell.
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The agency’s earliest ad campaigns emphasized youthful idealism, patriotism and travel opportunities. That was an easier sell than urging Americans to enlist in an anti-communist operation.
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Obamagate is strongly linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory – on Twitter these hashtags are frequently used alongside each other.
Donald Trump at a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
An analysis of the expressions used by Donald Trump to designate Covid-19 sheds light on his political calculations and on the evolution of his relationship with China in recent weeks.
The death of coronavirus whistleblower Dr Li Wengliang led to a backlash against China’s policy of information control. Now the state is trying to control that too.
Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote?
Information warfare has gone global. Here are some recent campaigns, and a couple of ideas about how to fight back.
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Members of the research team that wrote the software that unmasked thousands of Twitter bots explain the next phase of their work: getting the public involved in the fight against disinformation.
There are calls to boycott the latest release due to the game’s questionable depiction of Russia.
Beijing has a long-term Hong Kong challenge on its hands, one that in many ways is of its own making.
The Chinese government has a multi-pronged approach to quell the protests –building support among business elites, putting pressure on companies and ramping up its misinformation campaigns.