The Guardian: How fake news hacked democracy
Damian Collins, Conservative MP and chairman of the DCMS committee currently investigating online disinformation and Cambridge Analytica, will be joined for a panel discussion with Doteveryone executive chair and Twitter board member Martha Lane Fox, and moderator James Ball, former Guardian special projects editor and author of Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World.
In 2008, the year Barack Obama became the first social media candidate, a reported $22.25m was spent on online political ads. This sharply rose to an astonishing $1.4bn in 2016, which suggests that politicians are invested in the power of digital advertising, which potentially leaves millions vulnerable to online manipulation. As personal data is bought and resold to companies who boast about their abilities to swing elections – from American presidential races to the Brexit vote – it is clear we are entering a controversial new age of democracy.
Damian Collins, Martha Lane Fox and James Ball will examine the role of trust in the modern media landscape, and the extent to which political leaders should be held accountable for the spread of fake news. Further panellists to be announced shortly.
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