Anthony J. Gaughan (Drake): Trump, Twitter, and the Russians: The Growing Obsolescence of Federal Campaign Finance Law. Russia’s social media meddling in the United States was just the tip of the iceberg. Christopher Steele, the ex-spy behind the Trump-Russia dossier, left a clue for Mueller. “A long winter”: White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probe. Thread: “I think it’s possible that the view that the Russian sow-chaos-and-promote-the-authoritarian-candidate election strategy was substantially independent of all the financial entanglements btw Trump and Russia”. The hidden history of Trump’s first trip to Moscow: In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union — the KGB almost certainly made the trip happen.


Amy Kapczynski (Yale): Why “Intellectual Property” Law? Laura Kasinof on how Yemen’s famine got so bad (and more). Zimbabwe’s Mugabe refuses to resign and dares his party to impeach him. There is a silent war on dissenting amusement afoot — but it’s a slippery slope we’re on when the criminalization of laughter can lead to punitive arrest, as in the case of activist Desiree Fairooz. Trump nominee Brett Talley’s apparent thoughts on capital punishment: “Just shoot them”. Slavoj Zizek on a great awakening and its dangers. Sophie Gilbert on the real cult of Charles Manson (and more). You know you’re saying this out loud, right? Jesus, these really are the fcking mole people.


Gordon Pennycook and David G. Rand (Yale): Who Falls for Fake News? The Roles of Analytic Thinking, Motivated Reasoning, Political Ideology, and Bullshit Receptivity. Damian Radcliffe (Oregon): Ten Ways the Tech Industry and the Media Helped Create President Trump. America’s misinformation problem, explained: Sean Illing interviews Emily Thorson, co-editor of Misinformation and Mass Audiences. Anatomy of a fake news scandal: Amanda Robb goes inside the web of conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners and Twitter bots who manufactured the “news” that Hillary Clinton ran a pizza-restaurant child-sex ring.

Lucas de Lima Carvalho (USP): The Case Against Fake News Gatekeeping by Social Networks. The Pizzagate polity: Everything is human trafficking now. In a “farcical” world blighted by fake news, the longtime satirical publication The Onion has become even more necessary. Victoria Saker Woeste on the anti-Semitic origins of the war on “fake news”. Snopes.com and the search for facts in a post-fact world. The corrosion of truth in these strange times is terrifying. Krist Novoselic on how to stop fake news without Congress. The Texas shooter was called a liberal, antifa communist working with ISIS — before anyone knew anything: Welcome to the world of right-wing propaganda.

Christoph Aymanns (LSE), Jakob Foerster (Oxford), and Co-Pierre Georg (UCT): Fake News in Social Networks. Jan Schnellenbach (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg): On the Behavioural Political Economy of Regulating Fake News. Renee DiResta warned of “peer-to-peer misinformation” — Congress listened. Can fake news be stopped in the next 10 years? A meta-analysis of studies about debunking offers a few tips for fact-checkers. How fake news turned a small town upside down: At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn’t recovered from.

Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Cheap Speech and What It Has Done (to American Democracy). Republican apostate: Dave Denison interviews Bruce Bartlett, author of The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts From Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks. From the Data and Society Research Institute, Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis on media manipulation and disinformation online. The art of the real: Katherine Cross on disinformation vs. democracy. After Las Vegas shooting, fake news regains its megaphone. How to force Facebook to fix its fake news problem: It should take responsibility for posts whose authors cannot be traced.

Amy Fry (BGSU): A Brief History of Fake News. In an age of fake news, Kevin Young is a historian of the hoax (and more). Adrian Chen on the fake-news fallacy: Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet. The fake news machine: Inside a town gearing up for 2020. Why we’re still in the dark about Facebook’s fight against fake news. Homegrown “fake news” is a bigger problem than Russian propaganda — here’s a way to make falsehoods more costly for politicians. The future of truth and misinformation online: Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online.

Brian Resnick on the science behind why fake news is so hard to wipe out. Facebook’s fake news experiment backfires. Matt Grant on on the vital importance of nonfiction in the age of “fake” news. At Snopes, a peek down the right-wing rabbit holes: Fake news is a perfect marriage of corrupt capitalism (make-a-buck pranksters) and corrupt constitutionalism (people who lie under protection of the First Amendment). Niraj Chokshi on how to fight “fake news” (warning: It isn’t easy).

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