Real News about Fake News: Select Bibliography of Journalism on Digital Politics and Disinformation

Meichun Lee, editor of the 2020 Virtual Edition on Digital Politics, and Jennifer Curtis, Associate Editor of PoLAR, have compiled a reading list of recent journalism and analysis on digital politics and disinformation. We will update the list during 2020. News on COVID-19 and technology is at the top.

EU warns of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on coronavirus
Michael Peel and Sam Fleming, Financial Times, March 17, 2020
https://www.ft.com/content/d65736da-684e-11ea-800d-da70cff6e4d3?fbclid=IwAR03Jcc6prg9UTHiLT10ECaNtAdZteQZay3rwxgQxxg0s2npzUFbdSTy6yA

In fast-moving pandemic, sources of falsehoods spread by text, email, WhatsApp, and TikTok elude authorities
Craig Timberg, Ellen Nakashima, and Tony Romm, Washington Post, March 16, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/03/16/disnfo-texts-trump-quarantine/

You shouldn’t have to give Google your data to access a COVID-19 test.
Mason Marks, Slate, March 17, 2020.
https://slate.com/technology/2020/03/covid19-coronavirus-testing-google-walmart-target-privacy.html

Protecting civil liberties during a public health crisis
Matthew Guariglia and Adam Schwartz, Electronic Frontier Foundation, March 10, 2020
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/protecting-civil-liberties-during-public-health-crisis

How Reddit’s coronavirus community became a destination
Olivia Solon and April Glaser, NBC News, March 18, 2020
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/how-reddit-s-coronavirus-community-became-destination-n1162661

Twitter broadly bans any COVID-19 tweets that could help the virus spread
Taylor Hatmaker, Techcrunch, March 18, 2020
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/18/twitter-coronavirus-covid-19-misinformation-policy/

Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Youtube issue joint statement on misinformation
Catherine Shu and Jonathan Shieber, Techcrunch, March 16, 2020
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/16/facebook-reddit-goggle-linkedin-microsoft-twitter-and-youtube-issue-joint-statement-on-misinformation/

Amazon’s warehouse workers sound alarms about coronavirus spread
Jay Greene and Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, March 17, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/03/17/amazons-warehouse-workers-sound-alarms-about-coronavirus-spread/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most

The billion-dollar disinformation campaign to reelect the President
McKay Coppins, The Atlantic, February 10, 2020
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-2020-disinformation-war/605530/

A lawsuit against ICE reveals the danger of government-by-algorithm
Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Washington Post, March 5, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/03/05/lawsuit-against-ice-reveals-danger-government-by-algorithm/

The quest to make AI less prejudiced
Helen Edwards, Quartz, March 9, 2020
https://qz.com/1814415/how-to-fix-bias-in-ai/

AI’s power problem
Quartz (collection of articles)
https://qz.com/guide/ai-power/

I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us.
Yaël Eisenstat, Washington Post, November 4, 2019
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/04/i-worked-political-ads-facebook-they-profit-by-manipulating-us/

Many Tech Experts Say Digital Disruption Will Hurt Democracy
Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center, Feb 21, 2020
https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/02/21/many-tech-experts-say-digital-disruption-will-hurt-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR1RrqJM8NmYCNcjZoZtltDHjJ1xMbl2zxgwg2k7BEnwfQlRv1dXnRuAyRk

Pseudo local news sites in Michigan reveal nationally expanding network
Katherina Sourine & Dominick Sokotoff, Michigan Daily, November 1, 2019
https://www.michigandaily.com/section/community-affairs/pseudo-local-news-sites-michigan-reveal-nationally-expanding-network

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’
Carole Cadwalladr, Guardian, Jan 4, 2020
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/04/cambridge-analytica-data-leak-global-election-manipulation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The Three Civil Rights–Era Leaders Who Warned of Computers and Racism
Charlton Mcilwain, Slate, Jan 30, 2020
https://slate.com/technology/2020/01/philip-randolph-bayard-rustin-roy-wilkins-automation-racism.html

A 2020 US election simulation just ended with 32 dead and 200 injured
Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, November 13, 2019
https://qz.com/1748054/a-2020-us-election-simulation-ended-with-32-dead-and-200-injured/

Operation Blackout Wrap Up Report
Cybereason, November, 2019
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6548629-Operation-Blackout-Wrap-Up-Report-November-2019.html

Inside the Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm”
Adrian Chen, New York Times, June 7, 2015
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html

She wanted a ‘freebirth’ with no doctors. Online groups convinced her it would be OK.
Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, Feb. 21, 2020
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/she-wanted-freebirth-no-doctors-online-groups-convinced-her-it-n1140096

About Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer Curtis is an Honorary Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh: http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_anthropology/curtis_jennifer.

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