You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself

Once seeded, viral misinformation exploits weaknesses in how the human mind determines what’s real. by Valerie Tarico Dec 5, 2018 Most people genuinely care about truth. I don’t mean that we tell the truth all of the time—though most of us mostly do—but that we very much want to know what is real. Reality can knock … Continue reading You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself

The Truth About Facebook’s Fake Quest to Connect the World

  by NOAM COHEN Wired Dec 3, 2018 FOR ITS FEARSOME size and confident leadership, Facebook seems strangely precarious. Maybe it’s my feeling that something that can grow so big so fast might disappear swiftly, too. Or the sense that the world is revving up to take on Facebook. A hearing last week by a grand committee … Continue reading The Truth About Facebook’s Fake Quest to Connect the World

Believing without evidence is morally wrong

by Francisco Mejia Uribe Aeon Nov 5, 2018 You probably never have heard of William Kingdon Clifford. He is not in the pantheon of great philosophers – perhaps because his life was cut short at the age of 33 – but I cannot think of anyone whose ideas are more relevant for our interconnected, AI-driven, digital age. … Continue reading Believing without evidence is morally wrong

Fake News and Weaponized Bots: How Algorithms Inflate Profiles, Spread Disinfo and Disrupt Democracy

TJ Coles Counterpunch Oct 8, 2018 Algorithms are getting so sophisticated, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell which online comments are real and which are generated by “bots”; which sites are genuinely popular and which are generating fake hits. In my new book Real Fake News (Red Pill Press), I argue fake news can be traced … Continue reading Fake News and Weaponized Bots: How Algorithms Inflate Profiles, Spread Disinfo and Disrupt Democracy

How Online Propaganda Became Mainstream

After the 2016 election, Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian specializing in totalitarian regimes in eastern Europe, wrote a heralded pamphlet titled On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Snyder warned what a Trump presidency could bring and suggested how to resist authoritarians. His latest book, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe and America, describes … Continue reading How Online Propaganda Became Mainstream