More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls: study

The U.S. NGO Freedom House has released a report that shows that the governments of 30 countries across the globe are using “armies of opinion shapers” online to influence elections. Their Freedom of the Net 2017 report shows that in addition to Russia, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Turkey were major players in trying to influence … Continue reading “It’s not just Russia, 30 countries used the internet to manipulate elections” The U.S. NGO Freedom House has released a report that shows that the governments of 30 countries across the globe are using “armies of opinion shapers” online to influence elections. Their Freedom of the Net 2017 report shows that in addition to Russia, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Turkey were major players in trying to influence opinion online to affect elections. However, most of the countries mentioned were using online manipulation to influence their own elections so their leaders could maintain power–not influence

More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls: study

More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday.

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Phys.org

Digital democracy's steep decline

We thought the internet was going to be great for equality, freedom, and maybe even human rights, but now we're not so sure. Turns out, the internet is great for propaganda. And ...

Fri 17 Nov 17 from Engadget

Election tampering is newest setback for internet freedom - CNET

Social-media manipulators and government crackdowns spread as governments bend the internet toward their own ends, Freedom House finds.

Tue 14 Nov 17 from CNET Cutting Edge

Votes in 18 nations 'hacked' in last year

Governments are turning to social-media-based campaigns to stifle dissent, warns a net freedom report.

Tue 14 Nov 17 from BBC Technology

30 governments are interfering with democracy online

Political mudslinging is a concept as old as politics itself, but in recent years it's found its way off the podium and onto the internet, and a new report now shows the extent ...

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Engadget

Thirty countries use 'armies of opinion shapers' to manipulate democracy report

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to influence elections, drive agendas and counter critics, says report The governments of 30 countries around ...

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Guardian.co.uk

More countries are using social media to crack down on dissent, study finds

The number of countries promoting disinformation on social media rose to its highest level during the past year, a new study has found. The report, from the pro-democracy think tank ...

Tue 14 Nov 17 from The Verge

It’s not just Russia, 30 countries used the internet to manipulate elections

The U.S. NGO Freedom House has released a report that shows that the governments of 30 countries across the globe are using “armies of opinion shapers” online to influence elections. ...

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Fastcompany Tech

Countries Crack Down on Speech Online, Says Report

Around the world, Internet freedom is deteriorating, with some governments taking down their mobile Internet service, restricting live video streaming and employing a digital army of pro-government ...

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Voice of America

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