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Architects of networked disinformation report published

February 12th, 2018

New research by Dr Jason Cabañes and Dr Jonathan Corpus Ong (University of Massachusetts Amherst) has found that a network of digital workers are designing political disinformation campaigns and creating fake news in the Philippines.

The reportArchitects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines, outlines the motivations and strategies of a well organised and funded hierarchy of political operators, who maintain day jobs as advertising and public relations executives, computer programmers and political administrative staff.

Jason Cabañes, Lecturer in International Communication, said: “There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to disinformation. Countries need to understand the hierarchies and financial incentives that reward these ‘paid trolls’. Simply blocking accounts or blacklisting fake news sites – while often well-meaning – does not treat the underlying causes of the problem.”




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