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January 18 -- Cyber Attacks on Democracy: Social Media, Fake News, and Voter Responsibility

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe 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.

January 18 -- Cyber Attacks on Democracy: Social Media, Fake News, and Voter Responsibility

"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.

Special Guests:

  • 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.

Key Topics:

  • 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?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

November
ELECTION 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?

October
POLLITICAL POLLs: Can We Ever Trust Them Again?

September
ELECTIONS IN MAINE: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

July
DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT: A Necessary Evil or a Weapon of Destruction?

June
STATE PRE-EMPTION: Who's Got the Power?

May
IMMIGRATION: Can We Live Without It?

April
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?

March
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?

February
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.