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Short Synopsis
Lie Machines is full of riveting behind the scenes stories from the world's biggest and most damagingly successful misinformation initiatives—including those used in Brexit and US elections.

Full Synopsis
Technology is breaking politics—what can be done about it?

Artificially intelligent "bot" accounts attack politicians and public figures on social media. Conspiracy theorists publish junk news sites to promote their outlandish beliefs. Campaigners create fake dating profiles to attract young voters. We live in a world of technologies that misdirect our attention, poison our political conversations, and jeopardize our democracies. With massive amounts of social media and public polling data, and in depth interviews with political consultants, bot writers, and journalists, political consultants, Philip N. Howard offers ways to take these "lie machines" apart.

Lie Machines is full of riveting behind the scenes stories from the world's biggest and most damagingly successful misinformation initiatives—including those used in Brexit and US elections. Howard not only shows how these campaigns evolved from older propaganda operations but also exposes their new powers, gives us insight into their effectiveness, and shows us how to shut them down.

Lie Machines

How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives

Author Philip N. Howard

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Publication date May 19, 2020

Running time 6 hrs 2 min

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