Essays

How to Use Social Media Responsibly in an Age of Disinformation

There is little we can do to prevent people creating or publishing disinformation. But those of us who use social media can take action to slow down its spread by becoming more aware of what we share....

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How Transparency Can Help Defuse Disinformation From Botnets, Sockpuppets, and Online Trolls

Mandating commercial marketing firms that provide synthetic social-behavioral marketing through paid sockpuppets, botnets, or human influencers disclose their work would not address all propaganda, but it will certainly bring some of the most effective manipulation tactics into the sunlight....

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Henry Farrell and Bruce Schneier

Professor & Technologist

"The perception of security is at least as important as the reality of security, and any defenses against information attacks need to address both."

Claire Wardle

Chair of First Draft News

"There is little we can do to prevent people creating or publishing disinformation. But those of us who use social media can take action to slow down its spread by becoming more aware of what we share."

Reneé DiResta

Policy Director, Data for Democracy

"2018 was the year of exposing and quantifying manipulation in its various forms. 2019 has to be the year that we take significant steps to mitigate the systemic problems that enable it."