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

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

You shouldn’t have to give Google your data to access a COVID-19 test.
Mason Marks, Slate, March 17, 2020.

Protecting civil liberties during a public health crisis
Matthew Guariglia and Adam Schwartz, Electronic Frontier Foundation, March 10, 2020

How Reddit’s coronavirus community became a destination
Olivia Solon and April Glaser, NBC News, March 18, 2020

Twitter broadly bans any COVID-19 tweets that could help the virus spread
Taylor Hatmaker, Techcrunch, March 18, 2020

Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Youtube issue joint statement on misinformation
Catherine Shu and Jonathan Shieber, Techcrunch, March 16, 2020

Amazon’s warehouse workers sound alarms about coronavirus spread
Jay Greene and Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, March 17, 2020

The billion-dollar disinformation campaign to reelect the President
McKay Coppins, The Atlantic, February 10, 2020

A lawsuit against ICE reveals the danger of government-by-algorithm
Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Washington Post, March 5, 2020

The quest to make AI less prejudiced
Helen Edwards, Quartz, March 9, 2020

AI’s power problem
Quartz (collection of articles)

I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us.
Yaël Eisenstat, Washington Post, November 4, 2019

Many Tech Experts Say Digital Disruption Will Hurt Democracy
Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center, Feb 21, 2020

Pseudo local news sites in Michigan reveal nationally expanding network
Katherina Sourine & Dominick Sokotoff, Michigan Daily, November 1, 2019

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’
Carole Cadwalladr, Guardian, Jan 4, 2020

The Three Civil Rights–Era Leaders Who Warned of Computers and Racism
Charlton Mcilwain, Slate, Jan 30, 2020

A 2020 US election simulation just ended with 32 dead and 200 injured
Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, November 13, 2019

Operation Blackout Wrap Up Report
Cybereason, November, 2019

Inside the Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm”
Adrian Chen, New York Times, June 7, 2015

She wanted a ‘freebirth’ with no doctors. Online groups convinced her it would be OK.
Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, Feb. 21, 2020

About Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer Curtis is an Honorary Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh:

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