Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Quote of the Day (Bob Moser, Warning on Homegrown 2020 Disinformation Threats)

“Four years ago, fake-news meddling in America’s presidential race was primarily an external threat, with the Russians’ Internet Research Agency leading the way and the Trump campaign eagerly tagging along. That won’t be the case in 2020, when the most malicious and effective disinformation will be homegrown—planted and artificially amplified by for-profit troll farms, freelance cyberwarriors swapping notes in chat rooms, political parties and PACs, and campaigns up and down the ballot. As Siva Vaidhyanathan, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia, wrote in The Guardian this summer, ‘We won’t need Russia in 2020. We will hijack our democracy ourselves.’”— Bob Moser, former editor of the Texas Observer and executive editor of The American Prospect, Interference 2020,” Columbia Journalism Review, Fall 2019

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