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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.

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Cult of the Dead Cow

How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World
by Joseph Menn, Public Affairs, 2019.

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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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Hacking the Electorate

Hacking the Electorate: An Information Theory of Political Mobilization
By Hersh, Eitan
Book – 2015

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Prototype Politics

Prototype Politics: Technology-Intensive Campaigning and the Data of Democracy
By Kreiss, Daniel
Book – 2016

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Data for the People

Data for the People
How to Make Our Post-privacy Economy Work for You
By Weigend, Andreas S.

This book will fascinate you if you want to know what information Amazon, Facebook, and Google have about you, why they want it, and how they use it.

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Twitter and Tear Gas

Twitter and Tear Gas
The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
By Tufekci, Zeynep
Book – 2017

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Driverless Car

The Driver in the Driverless Car
How Technology Choices Will Create
By Wadhwa, Vivek
Book – 2017

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Driverless

Driverless : Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead
By Lipson, Hod

Book – 2016

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Plot to Hack America

Plot to Hack America : How Putin’s Cyberspies and Wikileaks Tried to Elect An American President
Nance, Malcolm
Book – 2016