Keynote 2: “The Evolutıon of Computatıonal Propaganda and Dıgıtal Dısınformatıon”
The Evolution of Computational Propaganda and Digital Disinformation
How is computational propaganda different in 2021? What have platforms done to deal with this issue? How have opinions about their responsibility shifted? This talk explores the brief history of research on computational propaganda and contextualizes in it the longer tradition of propaganda research in communication and media studies scholarship. From there, it unpacks the ways in which the digital manipulation of public opinion has changed over the last ten years. It outlines alterations to both tool usage—bots, sockpuppets, etc.—as well as strategy deployment—disinformation, state sponsored trolling, and amplification on content. It ends with a discussion of solutions in the space: what technical, social, and political means exist for combatting this increasingly serious global issue.