Will social media manipulation decide the 2020 presidential election in the US? Will disinformation campaigns by states such as Russia and China be successful in swaying voters in European elections to their advantage? Samantha Bradshaw, a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University, will discuss the strategies, tools, and techniques of social media manipulation used by governments around the world to suppress fundamental human rights, polarize voters, and undermine trust in the media and government institutions. Drawing on the research findings of the Global Disinformation Order, which made headlines in mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times and TechCrunch, Samantha Bradshaw will describe how is social media affecting our democracies, and discuss what can governments, citizens and private companies do to fight back against these campaigns.

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