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    18 nations had their elections hacked

    So how do we stop this while keeping the internet free and worldwide?

    Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. In total, 30 governments were actively engaged in using social media to stifle dissent, said the report. Educating users to spot fake news and making tech firms police their networks could combat the manipulation, it said.

    Used alongside more overt technical controls such as firewalls, content filters and blocks on technical tools such as virtual private networks, the manipulation of social media had become a key tool for repressive regimes, it said.
    "Not only is this manipulation difficult to detect, it is more difficult to combat than other types of censorship, such as website blocking, because it's dispersed and because of the sheer number of people and bots deployed to do it," said Sanja Kelly, head of the Freedom on the Net research project.

    Votes in 18 nations 'hacked' in last year - BBC News
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    Damn!

    Putin's been busy, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    So how do we stop this while keeping the internet free and worldwide?

    Votes in 18 nations 'hacked' in last year - BBC News

    Perhaps the USA should look into this for our children..


    Fake News Around the World: Schools in Israel, Italy Teach Students to Spot 'Super Yellow Journalism'

    Schools in Israel and Italy are officially joining the fight against fake news. Education leaders in both countries this month promoted initiatives aimed at teaching youngsters how to recognize the kinds of online propaganda thought to have influenced the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election.

    The Jerusalem Post reported Monday that the University of Haifa, a public research institution in Israel, is launching a course simply titled "Fake News." In the class, professor Yaniv Levyatan hopes to help students improve their critical thinking skills by dissecting various types of propaganda and explaining its effects.

    "Fake news is a threat to democracy," Levyatan told the Post. "We don’t know the agenda behind the article, who wrote it and why. Checks and balances in classic journalism is irrelevant and instead, yellow, super yellow journalism is taking over."

    Levyatan explained that, though the American presidential campaign may be the harshest proof of the fake news problem so far, it's not just a U.S. issue. People in countries like Russia, Macedonia and Romania are often behind the fictional news stories—and, in many cases, the authors of articles like, "Bill Clinton Loses It In Interview - Admits He's A Murderer," are teenagers and young adults.

    That's why the Italian government is starting a program on Halloween that'll teach students at 8,000 high schools how to spot unverified claims online, according to The New York Times. The kids will complete worksheets after taking lessons developed in collaboration with journalists, as well as Google and Facebook.

    "It’s only right to give these kids the possibility to defend themselves from lies," Laura Boldrini, a local politician who worked on the initiative, told the Times.
    ..snip..

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    Does this mean Trump is President of 18 countries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Perhaps the USA should look into this for our children..


    Fake News Around the World: Schools in Israel, Italy Teach Students to Spot 'Super Yellow Journalism'

    Schools in Israel and Italy are officially joining the fight against fake news. Education leaders in both countries this month promoted initiatives aimed at teaching youngsters how to recognize the kinds of online propaganda thought to have influenced the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election.

    The Jerusalem Post reported Monday that the University of Haifa, a public research institution in Israel, is launching a course simply titled "Fake News." In the class, professor Yaniv Levyatan hopes to help students improve their critical thinking skills by dissecting various types of propaganda and explaining its effects.

    "Fake news is a threat to democracy," Levyatan told the Post. "We don’t know the agenda behind the article, who wrote it and why. Checks and balances in classic journalism is irrelevant and instead, yellow, super yellow journalism is taking over."

    Levyatan explained that, though the American presidential campaign may be the harshest proof of the fake news problem so far, it's not just a U.S. issue. People in countries like Russia, Macedonia and Romania are often behind the fictional news stories—and, in many cases, the authors of articles like, "Bill Clinton Loses It In Interview - Admits He's A Murderer," are teenagers and young adults.

    That's why the Italian government is starting a program on Halloween that'll teach students at 8,000 high schools how to spot unverified claims online, according to The New York Times. The kids will complete worksheets after taking lessons developed in collaboration with journalists, as well as Google and Facebook.

    "It’s only right to give these kids the possibility to defend themselves from lies," Laura Boldrini, a local politician who worked on the initiative, told the Times.
    ..snip..
    Have read where some of these groups are targeting young teens and college kids here in the US to troll and do fake news. Pay them fairly well too. Suspect with huge student loans, it looks enticing. Scary stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goofball View Post
    Does this mean Trump is President of 18 countries?
    Obviously that's what some people think.

    He's a busy guy, that Putin is, yep, he surely is...

    Some of em even think Putin elected Trump!

    Yes, it's true!

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    That was my first thought. You don't want to stifle speech. People can be as stupid as they want to be, as wrong as they want to be.

    You have to teach people how to read critically. Problem solved, and the propaganda hackers will spin their wheels, like they do here on PH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splansing View Post
    That was my first thought. You don't want to stifle speech. People can be as stupid as they want to be, as wrong as they want to be.

    You have to teach people how to read critically. Problem solved, and the propaganda hackers will spin their wheels, like they do here on PH.
    What would be the point if we can't mock stupid posts?

    Lighten up!

    Try to have just a little fun once in a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Perhaps the USA should look into this for our children..


    Fake News Around the World: Schools in Israel, Italy Teach Students to Spot 'Super Yellow Journalism'

    Schools in Israel and Italy are officially joining the fight against fake news. Education leaders in both countries this month promoted initiatives aimed at teaching youngsters how to recognize the kinds of online propaganda thought to have influenced the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election.

    The Jerusalem Post reported Monday that the University of Haifa, a public research institution in Israel, is launching a course simply titled "Fake News." In the class, professor Yaniv Levyatan hopes to help students improve their critical thinking skills by dissecting various types of propaganda and explaining its effects.

    "Fake news is a threat to democracy," Levyatan told the Post. "We don’t know the agenda behind the article, who wrote it and why. Checks and balances in classic journalism is irrelevant and instead, yellow, super yellow journalism is taking over."

    Levyatan explained that, though the American presidential campaign may be the harshest proof of the fake news problem so far, it's not just a U.S. issue. People in countries like Russia, Macedonia and Romania are often behind the fictional news stories—and, in many cases, the authors of articles like, "Bill Clinton Loses It In Interview - Admits He's A Murderer," are teenagers and young adults.

    That's why the Italian government is starting a program on Halloween that'll teach students at 8,000 high schools how to spot unverified claims online, according to The New York Times. The kids will complete worksheets after taking lessons developed in collaboration with journalists, as well as Google and Facebook.

    "It’s only right to give these kids the possibility to defend themselves from lies," Laura Boldrini, a local politician who worked on the initiative, told the Times.
    ..snip..
    Republicans need fake news, they embrace it. It's why they keep getting elected. Good luck getting that changed
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    disinformation isn't hacking.

    disinformation/lies has been going on for ever in US elections from democrats and republicans as well as those that support either side.

    please tell us why you think otherwise?

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