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Disinformation and Manipulation in Digital Media
Information Pathologies

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ISBN 9780367515270
February 7, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
112 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on research from multiple disciplines and international case studies, this book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of online disinformation and its potential countermeasures.

Disinformation and Manipulation in Digital Media presents a model of the disinformation process which incorporates four cross-cutting dimensions or themes: bad actors, platforms, audiences, and countermeasures. The dynamics of each dimension are analysed alongside a diverse range of international cases studies drawn from different information domains including politics, health, and society. In elucidating the interrelationship between the four dimensions of online disinformation and their manifestation in different international contexts, the book demonstrates that online disinformation is a complex problem with multiple, overlapping causes and no easy solutions. The book’s conclusion contextualises the problem of disinformation within broader social and political trends and discusses the relevance of radical innovations in democratic participation to counteract the post-truth environment.

This up to date and thorough analysis of the disinformation landscape will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of journalism, communications, politics and policy as well as policymakers, technologists and media practitioners.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Information Pathologies

Chapter 2: Bad Actors

Chapter 3: Platforms

Chapter 4: Audiences

Chapter 5: Countermeasures

Chapter 6: Conclusion: Post-Truth Communication

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Eileen Culloty is a post-doctoral researcher at the DCU Institute for Future Media and Journalism where she leads research on countering disinformation as part of the H2020 project Provenance (grant no. 825227). Eileen sits on the management board of the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network JOLT: Harnessing Digital and Data Technology for Journalism (grant no. 765140).

Jane Suiter is a political scientist with a focus on the public sphere and in particular on scaling up deliberation and disinformation. She has published in 30 plus journals including Science, International Journal of Political Science and the International Journal of Communication and is the author of two books including Reimagining Democracy: Lessons in Deliberative Democracy from the Irish Frontline (2019).