Network Propaganda

Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics
by Benkler, Yochai

This is written by folks at the Berkman Centre, Harvard University. It is a close examination of the problems which amplified the voices of the alt right to give Trump a win in 2016. It discusses Facebook manipulation, Cambridge Analytica, Twitter re-tweet bots, Russian interference, and the Breitbart centered media circus.

The network link analysis is impressive, with visualisations that substantiate the authors’ conclusions.

The discussion of mediacloud.org is the highlight of this book for me.

Who Can You Trust?

Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart,
Rachel Botsman, Penguin, 2017 | First edition: November 2017.

Hundreds of years ago we only trusted people we knew in the village. A hundred years ago brands (think Heintz 57) were invented, and we trusted them. Now we trust the AirBnB host based on her reputation, presumably based on accumulated user reviews (why are they always 4.1 to 4.9?).

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