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Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know

Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know


Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know

ratings:
3/5 (13 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Nov 20, 2018
ISBN:
9781684417230
Format:
Audiobook

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The question of how Donald Trump won the 2016 election looms over his presidency. In particular, were the 78,000 voters who gave him an Electoral College victory affected by the Russian trolls and hackers? Trump has denied it. So, too, has Vladimir Putin. Others cast the answer as unknowable.

Drawing on path-breaking work in which she and her colleagues isolated significant communication effects in the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, the eminent political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson marshals the troll posts, unique polling data, analyses of how the press used the hacked content, and a synthesis of half a century of media effects research to argue that, although not certain, it is probable that the Russians helped elect the 45th president of the United States.

In the process, Cyberwar tackles questions that include: How extensive was the troll messaging? What characteristics of the social media platforms did the Russians exploit? Why did the mainstream press rush the hacked content into the citizenry newsfeeds? Was Clinton telling the truth when she alleged that the debate moderators distorted what she said in the leaked speeches? Did the Russian influence extend beyond social media and news to alter the behavior of FBI director James Comey?

Released:
Nov 20, 2018
ISBN:
9781684417230
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (5/5)
    As an avid reader of everything I can find about the 2016 presidential election I find myself concluding that the Russian government under the direction of Vladimir Putin interfered in said election to the benefit of Trump and the detriment of Clinton. However, despite my intense feelings on this subject, I was unable to conclude with certainty that the efforts by the Russians did in fact help elect Trump. However, after reading this book, I have no doubt that in this close electoral college victory, the Russian impact did in fact have enough of an impact that they helped sway enough votes to elect Trump. The author looks at and explains how the Russian's efforts were aided by our press, social media platforms, the candidates themselves, the political parties and the public who was extremely polarized making them susceptible to "fake news." This is a brilliant scholarly look at the last election with advise from the author on how to avoid this happening again.
  • (4/5)
    A detailed account of how Russian "actors" used social media, hacking (to steal documents), and leaking documents to influence the 2016 presidential election. Very methodically explained, both what we know, how we know it, and what we don't know. It also describes how the press failed to dig into leaked documents, to understand and attribute their sources, and then framed questions and press coverage in ways which played into the hands of foreign interests attempting to influence the election. The author, a co-founder of FactCheck.org, shows how these action took place, and suggests that there is work to be done to avoid similar events in the future. Not the easiest read, but worth working through to understand forces that can impact our culture, and government.