๐Ÿ‘ Maria Ressa, Zeynep Tufekci, and others on the growing disinformation war

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On one panel, Ressa; Emily Bell, of the Tow Center; and Zeynep Tufekci, a techno-sociologist who writes for The New York Times and Wired, discussed the overwhelming effect of junk information on our public sphere, and the role of social media platforms in disseminating it. Tufekci argued that, in the 21st century, a surfeit of information, rather than its absence, poses the biggest problem. โ€œWhen I was growing up in Turkey, the way censorship occurred was there was one TV channel and they wouldnโ€™t show you stuff. That was it,โ€ she said. โ€œCurrently, in my conceptualization, the way censorship occurs is by information glut. Itโ€™s not that the relevant information isnโ€™t out there. But it is buried in so much information of suspect credibility that it doesnโ€™t mean anything.โ€ Tufekci cited the frenzied reporting, during the 2016 election, on WikiLeaksโ€™s dump of hacked Democratic Party emailsโ€”much of which lacked crucial contextโ€”as a malign example of the trend. โ€œI donโ€™t think traditional journalism has caught up on this,โ€ she said.

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