8 Common Online Trolling Tactics (And How to Handle Them)

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In this post, I’ll discuss the all-too-common problem of online trolling and explain some troll tactics. I’ll also look at the important links between online trolling, disinformation and cyber warfare campaigns.  What is online trolling? Anyone who has spent much time on social media has likely experienced their fair share of online trolling. Unfortunately, it’s … Read more

How Disinformation Hacks Your Brain

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Today I’m going to explain how disinformation hacks your brain. In our fast-moving online world, even the most aware of us can be taken in by disinformation. As humans, our minds work in certain ways that can leave us vulnerable to deception – and no-one is immune. Our perceptions are not as reliable as we might … 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