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Joan Donovan

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Deepfakes and cheap fakes

In this report, the authors trace decades of audiovisual (AV) manipulation to demonstrate how evolving technologies aid consolidations of power in society. Deepfakes, they find, are no new threat to democracy.
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Source hacking: media manipulation in practice

Online media manipulators often use specific techniques to hide the source of the false and problematic information they circulate. The authors label this strategy “source hacking.” Typically used during breaking news events, source hacking targets journalists and other influential public figures to pick up falsehoods...
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Weaponizing the digital influence machine

This report argues that today’s digital advertising infrastructure creates disturbing new opportunities for political manipulation and other forms of antidemocratic strategic communication.
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Algorithmic accountability: a primer

Algorithmic decision-making is becoming more common every day. Increasingly, important decisions that affect people’s lives are governed by datasets that are too big for an individual to process.
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Dead reckoning: Navigating content moderation after "fake news"

This report is intended to inform platforms, news organizations, media makers, and others who do not ask whether standards for media content should be set, but rather who should set them, who should enforce them, and what entity should hold platforms, the media industry, states...