How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.

Source: How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

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Transatlantic Techlash Continues as U.K. and U.S. Lawmakers Release Proposals for Regulation – Lawfare

The 2018 “techlash” shows no sign of slowing. The last week of July saw the release of two papers containing proposals for significant increases regulation of tech companies, particularly with an eye toward protecting the integrity of political processes and elections.

Source: Transatlantic Techlash Continues as U.K. and U.S. Lawmakers Release Proposals for Regulation – Lawfare

Tech Giants at the Crossroads: A Modest Proposal – Lawfare

Major technology and social-media companies— think Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Google— wield tremendous power. Given their reach, their financial heft, their importance to vast swaths of customers dependent on their goods, services, and platforms, and their ability to influence (if not altogether dictate) transnational public policy, these firms often look and act the part of proprietors, stewards, and even governors of digital public squares.

Source: Tech Giants at the Crossroads: A Modest Proposal – Lawfare

Judge orders DOJ to preserve emails from Comey’s personal account

A judge has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to preserve any emails located on former FBI Director James Comey’s personal email account after a government watchdog revealed he used the account to conduct government business.

Source: Judge orders DOJ to preserve emails from Comey’s personal account

My short life as (the face of) a Russian disinformation troll – Columbia Journalism Review

On a Saturday in late October, 2016, I started receiving odd messages: Total strangers were mentioning my name on social media; others were asking if I was a person named Hector Morenco; a few people emailed me about a suspicious account.

Source: My short life as (the face of) a Russian disinformation troll – Columbia Journalism Review

Win or Lose, the Alex Jones Lawsuit Will Redefine Free Speech

The infamous conspiracy theorist is being sued for claiming the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting were “crisis actors” paid by gun control activists. But also on trial is what it means to speak freely on internet.

Source: Win or Lose, the Alex Jones Lawsuit Will Redefine Free Speech

The Justice Department Finds ‘No Responsive Records’ to Support a Trump Speech

It isn’t every day that the Department of Justice acknowledges formally that the president of the United States lied in a speech to Congress. But that’s how I read a letter I received a few days ago

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Further Reflections on the Russian Hacking Indictment

With time for further reflection, the revelations of the Mueller GRU indictment only grow more interesting, and strange. The tale told there is one of cyber intrigue that should give every American pause.

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American Conservatives Played A Secret Role In The Macedonian Fake News Boom Ahead Of 2016

An investigation reveals that the fake news sites that flourished in Macedonia in 2016 weren’t just the work of local teens — and that security agencies are probing possible connections to Russia.

Source: American Conservatives Played A Secret Role In The Macedonian Fake News Boom Ahead Of 2016