Mocking India’s Health Crisis Reflects The CCP’s Wicked Thinking And Hurts China’s Soft Power

The coronavirus outbreak in China in late 2019, which killed thousands there, saw people across the globe expressing solidarity with the Chinese. Now the virus is still creating worldwide havoc, and some Chinese prefer to derive sadistic pleasure from others’ agony. For example, on social media the ruling China Communist Party (CCP) mocked COVID-19 deaths […]

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The Real Target Of Authoritarian Disinformation

What is still often missed, however, is that most state-sponsored social media disinformation campaigns are aimed at domestic rather than foreign audiences. The old adage attributed to former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill that “all politics is local” doesn’t quite describe the disinformation wars playing out on Twitter and Facebook—but it comes close.  […]

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The Peril Of Persuasion In The Big Tech Age

Democratic societies, in particular, are in dire need of a frank conversation about the role persuasion plays in them and how technologies are enabling powerful interests to target audiences. In a society where public opinion is a ruling force, there is always a risk of it being mobilized for ill purposes… Read Here | Foreign […]

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Big Tech Reckoning

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the market power of large technology companies and the inadequacy of current digital governance and regulation. What should policymakers do to address Big Tech’s growing clout and build an equitable digital economy? Read Here | Project Syndicate

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Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday, days after Twitter called two of his tweets “potentially misleading.” Speaking from the Oval Office ahead of signing the order, Trump said the move was to “defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history.” […]

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How Trolls Overran The Public Square

Since the invention of writing, human innovation has transformed how we formulate new ideas, organise our societies, and communicate with one another. But in an age of rapid-fire social media and nonstop algorithm-generated outrage, technology is no longer helping to expand or enrich the public sphere. Read Here – Project Syndicate

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