The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.
Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.
In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.
Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.
"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true Liberty.
-- James Madison
We'll talk about cyber attacks on elections, weaponizing misinformation, social media, and disinformation. Is this the new normal? Can democracy survive? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.
In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.
- Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university's Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
- Jamie McKown, Faculty, Government & Polity at the College of the Atlantic and
James Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity.
- What about Prof. Jamieson's new book, Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect A President?
- What do we know? What don't we know? And what may we never know?
- By what means and to what extent did this affect the outcome of the election?
- Disinformation campaigns go back to the founding of democracy. Is this different or more dangerous?
- Are domestic campaign organizations adopting similar tactics? Will this be the new normal?
- If it's war, what can ordinary citizens do to help de-escalate?
To learn more, follow these links to related content:
- NewsFeed Defenders
- Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?, Evan Osnos in The New Yorker, September, 2018.
- Machine Politics, Fred Turner in Harpers Magazine, January, 2019.
- Secret campaign to use Russian-inspired tactics in 2017 Ala. election stirs anxiety for Democrats, Washington Post, January, 2019.
- New Report on Russian Disinformation Prepared for the Senate shows the Operations Scale and Sweep, Washington Post, December, 2018.
- New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics, Aaron Maté, The Nation, December, 2018.
- The most underplayed story of the 2016 election is voter suppression, Rachelle Hampton, The New Republic, January, 2019.
- How campaigns can protect themselves from deepfakes, disinformation, and social media manipulation, Lisa Kaplan, Brookings, January 10, 2019.
Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive
ELECTION 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?
POLLITICAL POLLs: Can We Ever Trust Them Again?
ELECTIONS IN MAINE: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT: A Necessary Evil or a Weapon of Destruction?
STATE PRE-EMPTION: Who's Got the Power?
IMMIGRATION: Can We Live Without It?
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?
Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.