Voter Suppression Online: How To Fight Back

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Introduction In this week’s article, I’m going to delve into the important issue of online voter suppression. I’ll give some examples of what voter suppression attempts look like on social media and explain specifically how disinformation is involved. I’ll also discuss the psychological drivers that make online voter suppression effective. In closing, I’ll suggest some … Read more

Behind the hashtag: Who’s tweeting about #SurrenderAct ?

In the world of all things Brexit, ‘Surrender Act’ was just another catchphrase. Coined by Boris Johnson, it was his way of describing legislation passed by UK parliament in September 2019 to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The legislation compelled Johnson to seek an extension to the process, if he hadn’t reached a deal with the … Read more

Astroturfing: A Quick Example from Facebook

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What is Astroturfing? Astroturfing is not new. Its history stretches back to the days of newspapers and pamphlets. But astroturfing has become a major important concern in today’s ‘post-truth’ information environment. The Guardian defines astroturfing as “the attempt to create an impression of widespread grassroots support for a policy, individual, or product, where little such … Read more

Tracking A Brexit Influence Campaign: #BritainIndependence

The atmosphere in Britain is becoming increasingly heated as October 31st inches ever closer. This is the date when the country will leave the European Union — if all goes to plan for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party. Right now the political stakes are higher than ever. Parliament has tried to protect the country from the … Read more