How To Steal The Populists’ Clothes: Be Bold, Signal Your Goals, Offer Transformation, Learn What People Want

By Ngaire Woods, Social Europe, 19 April 2018 Ngaire Woods “Don’t get mad, get even.” That aphorism needs to become the new norm in democratic politics across Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Rather than complaining about populist successes, established political parties should take a page from the populist playbook. Three lessons, in particular, cry out for attention. The first lesson is …

People are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in the US

Regardless of political affiliation, people are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in this country, says a new University of Connecticut study. In fact, Republicans are even more persuasive than scientists when it comes to correcting misinformation about climate change, researchers found. “Unfortunately, correcting misinformation …

Customers are the product: At Facebook, the private data of 87 million people have been used without authorization by the micro-target marketing company Cambridge Analytica, used to target 100s of millions more ads

Excerpt from: https://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2018/apr/15/why-the-politicians-must-set-their-sights-on-facebook The private data of 87 million people have been used without authorisation by the marketing company Cambridge Analytica and used to target ads to still more tens and hundreds of millions.   Cambridge Analytica, the micro-targeting firm – partly owned by the rightwing billionaire Robert Mercer and used by the Trump campaign in the 2016 election – uses psychometric data to …

Everyone Wants ‘Power.’ Everyone Thinks Someone Else Has It.

By MICHELLE DEAN MARCH 27, 2018. NY Magazine Our usual message to children is that they have a lot less authority than they might wish. Parents, teachers, adults: These are the people, we explain, who are in charge. But in March, as tens of thousands of children across the country flooded out of their classrooms to protest gun violence in schools, the …

Mashup Messaging: How To Create Effective Climate Change Communication

March 14th, 2018 by Carolyn Fortuna on Clean Technica  As climate change advocates, we know how important it is to connect with our audiences through effective messaging. Training and technical assistance for environmental decision-makers is typical, but many of these leaders crave communications management. They understand communication challenges and recognize the importance of the “mindset” in framing our climate change communications. But what …

How can we create a news ecosystem … that values and promotes truth? A false story reaches 1,500 people six times quicker, on average, than a true story does.

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. By ROBINSON MEYER, The Atlantic 8 Mar 2018 It was hyperbole three centuries ago. But it is a factual description of social media, according to an ambitious and first-of-its-kind study published Thursday in Science.The massive new study analyzes every major contested news story …

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet

By Zeke Faux, Bloomberg, March 27, 2018 It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers. The “You Won an iPhone” companies had display …

Cambridge Analytica parent company SCL Elections had access to secret info from Defense Ministry, which praised SCL for training it gave to psychological warfare group

Revealed: graphic video used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Nigerian election: Whistleblower says firm directed AggregateIQ to target voters with Islamophobic video in 2015 By Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian, Wed 4 Apr 2018 Play Video 2:05  How Cambridge Analytica ​tried to intimidate Nigerian voters – video report Cambridge Analytica sought to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 by using graphically violent imagery to …