Who will protect us from digital deception? Not tech companies

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 06/12/2018 15:35

Technology companies have not found an adequate solution to the problem of digital deception – they must be regulated

It’s too late to save the 2018 US midterms from digital deception campaigns – but it’s not too late for democracy.

This year’s elections saw an unprecedented rise in political manipulation over social media. In October, the Department of Justice charged a Russian national with running a US-focused political disinformation campaign that had a budget of $10m from January to June. Revelations about Iranian disinformation efforts and Saudi Arabian state-sponsored digital propaganda demonstrate a complex problem with ill-defined borders on- and offline.

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