EP71 Philip Howard on Computational Propaganda

Philip Howard talks with Jim about organized & paid disinformation, tech & politics, the lie machine, journalism, privately-held data, and much more…

Philip Howard

Philip Howard talks with Jim about the impacts of organized & paid digital disinformation, the interconnection of technology & politics, foreign election influence, how narrow targeting compares to older direct marketing strategies, political advertising, political lies, visual misinformation, the broad range of manipulation tactics, the lie machine, misinformation marketing companies, avoiding marketing aversion, the bot to person threshold, open-API social networks, digitally-based political strategy, computational journalism, the value of public broadcast, the dynamics of privately-held data, advertising vs subscriber business models, and more.

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Philip N. Howard is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and is a professor of sociology, information and international affairs. He is the author, most recently, Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives.