Technology, Information, and Politics

When running a campaign, don’t overlook the ways technology can assist and hinder one’s campaign. We’re in an age of trolls, deliberate misinformation, viral soundbite content that does not fully reflect nuance, etc.

If you are running for office, use our Running a Secure Political Campaign resource for security tips.

I create “convincing” manipulated images and videos — but quality may not matter much Bad videos can be persuasive, too.  (NiemanLab, 09/20/2019)

Facebook ads funded by ‘dark money’ are the right’s weapon for 2020 (The Guardian, 07/05/2019)

Politicians Don’t Trust Facebook — Unless They’re Campaigning (Wired, 06/26/2019)

Can Democrats win back the Internet in the Age of Trump? (Vanity Fair, 06/25/2019) – Article profiles Main Street One which is looking to combat fake news

2020 Campaigns Remain Vulnerable as Signs of Russian Hackers Re-Emerge: Three years after Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked by Russians, presidential campaigns face challenges in rebuffing attacks on their networks (Wall Street Journal, 06/13/2019)

Facebook has promised to leave up a deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg (MIT Tech Review, 06/12/2019)

Facebook and Twitter disable new disinformation campaign with ties to Iran (Washington Post, 05/29/2019)

Shady political ads are pouring into Facebook. We still can’t track them. (Vice, 05/28/2019)

Oh no, Samsung’s AI lab can create a video of you from a single still photo: The company recently showed off AI that allows it to “puppet” someone’s face onto another person’s body–using only a single photo for reference. (Fast Company, 05/24/19)

On Amazon, a Qanon conspiracy book climbs the charts — with an algorithmic push (NBC News, 04/04/2019)

Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet: Older people play an outsized role in civic life. They also are more likely to be online targets for misinformation and hyperpartisan rhetoric. (BuzzFeed, 4/3/2019)

Democrats gear up for potential 2020 cyberthreats with help from Silicon Valley and security firms (CNBC, 03/24/2019)

Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets (Snopes, 03/04/2019)

How Twitter’s algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric (CNN, 3/22/2019)

The Trauma Floor: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America (The VERGE, 02/25/2019)

Your phone and TV are tracking you, and political campaigns are listening in (Los Angeles Times, 02/20/2019)

ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com uses AI to generate endless fake faces. Hit refresh to lock eyes with another imaginary stranger (The VERGE, 02/15/2019)

Computational Propaganda: If You Make It Trend, You Make It True (The Yale Review)

Jennifer Buscemi is the deepfake that should seriously frighten you (The Daily Dot, 1/30/2019)

Facebook Algorithms and Personal Data (Pew Research Center, 1/16/2019)

Searching for news on RBG? YouTube offered conspiracy theories about the Supreme Court justice instead. (New York Times, 1/11/2019)

A Seattle TV station aired doctored footage of Trump’s Oval Office speech. The employee has been fired. (Washington Post, 1/11/2019)

International Publics Brace for Cyberattacks on Elections, Infrastructure, National Security: Many doubt their countries are prepared for major cyber hacks (Pew Research Center, 1/09/2019)

People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds: And the finding holds true across party lines (The VERGE, 1/9/2019)

Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian Tactics (New York Times, 12/19/2018)

GOP email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got (Wired, 12/4/2018)

The newest target in political cyberattacks: campaign pocketbooks (Axios, 11/17/2018)

Will Deep-Fake Technology Destroy Democracy?: Imagine if a doctored video of a politician appeared the day before an election. It’s everything Vladimir Putin ever dreamed of. (The New York Times, 10/17/2018)

The Secretive Organization Quietly Spending Millions on Facebook Political Ads: Meet the liberal group that’s running a new breed of digital campaign (The Atlantic, 10/17/2018)

#TrollTracker: Bots, Botnets, and Trolls: Everything you ever wanted to know about bots, botnets, and trolls, but were too afraid to ask (Digital Forensic Research Lab from Atlantic Council, 10/08/2018)

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism (Wired, 9/14/2018)

All of the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You (Gizmodo, 2016)

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