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Disinformation, when practiced at scale, can fracture societies. It’s up to us to stop it. 

January/February 2023 Issue

From the Editor

Arming ourselves in the fight against disinformation

Disinformation, when practiced at scale, can fracture societies. It’s up to us to stop it.

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In this Issue

Disinformation: New tools, same poison

Disinformation didn’t spring out of nowhere—it’s a tool the powerful use to protect themselves from accountability

Progressive politics and the age of misinformation

If we're serious about the project to build a better world, then progressives need a serious strategy to dismantle the infrastructure of disinformation.

Bots, trolls, deception and the hacking of the human brain

None of us are immune from efforts to deceive us. It's important that we learn how to recognize those efforts.

Canada can’t be complacent about threats to our democracy

Disinformation is a global problem, and Canada is not immune.

They came to my city

Former Peterborough mayor says alt-right narratives endanger democracy

Contributors

Authors appearing in this issue

Trish Hennessy

Trish Hennessy

Trish Hennessy (she/her) is a senior communications strategist with the CCPA national office and director of its Think Upstream project. She co-founded the CCPA’s national growing gap project and the CCPA’s Ontario office.

Jon Milton

Jon Milton

Jon Milton is a senior communications specialist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives national office. He's on Twitter at @514jon
Kofi Hope

Kofi Hope

Kofi Hope is a Rhodes Scholar and has a Doctorate in Politics from Oxford University. He is the co-founder of Monumental, a Toronto based strategic advisory firm. He is an Urbanist in Residence at the University of Toronto School of Cities and writes a monthly column for the Toronto Star newspaper. Kofi has also founded and led multiple organizations focused on supporting Black youth in Toronto.

Heather M.

Heather M.

Heather M., whose last name isn’t being published for security reasons, is an independent researcher in online deception and malign influence operations. She has a background in theoretical mathematics as well as media studies.

Supriya Dwivedi

Supriya Dwivedi

Supriya Dwivedi works for the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy at McGill University.

Phaedra de Saint-Rome

Phaedra de Saint-Rome

Phaedra de Saint-Rome works for the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy at McGill University.

Diane Therrien

Diane Therrien

Diane Therrien was the mayor of Peterborough during and following the convoy protest; she gained national media attention for calling disruptive alt-right agitators in her community "fuckwads" on Twitter.

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