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Ep14. Is Disinformation Destroying Democracy?

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Disinformation and culture wars are an existential problem for democracies. They foster negative feedback loops: whereby internal divisions inside democracies make us more vulnerable to hostile external actors spewing misinformation, who then exploit those divisions to create more vulnerability to misinformation, culminating in culture wars. These kind of negative feedback loops are another symptom of our era of Global Enduring Disorder.
 
In this week’s episode, Alex and Jason are joined by Laura Thornton, Senior Vice President for democracy at GMF. They discuss how social media algorithms promote disinformation, culture wars, and a rise in contempt for experts. In the Ordering the Disorder section, they’ll talk about the fight for neutral facts and how we could rethink our electoral systems to strengthen our democracies in the UK and US.
 
Twitter: @DisorderShow
 
Website: https://natoandtheglobalenduringdisorder.com/unregulated-cyberspace
 
Producer: George McDonagh
Exec Producer: Neil Fearn  
 
Show Notes Links 
 
Read Brian Klaas’ article on Trump and Mark Milley here
 
For more on Laura Thornton’s work visit here
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