Democracy and Fake News: Information Manipulation and Post-Truth Politics

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Serena Giusti, Elisa Piras
Routledge, Dec 30, 2020 - Political Science - 246 pages

This book explores the challenges that disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics pose to democracy from a multidisciplinary perspective. The authors analyse and interpret how the use of technology and social media as well as the emergence of new political narratives has been progressively changing the information landscape, undermining some of the pillars of democracy.

The volume sheds light on some topical questions connected to fake news, thereby contributing to a fuller understanding of its impact on democracy. In the Introduction, the editors offer some orientating definitions of post-truth politics, building a theoretical framework where various different aspects of fake news can be understood. The book is then divided into three parts: Part I helps to contextualise the phenomena investigated, offering definitions and discussing key concepts as well as aspects linked to the manipulation of information systems, especially considering its reverberation on democracy. Part II considers the phenomena of disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics in the context of Russia, which emerges as a laboratory where the phases of creation and diffusion of fake news can be broken down and analysed; consequently, Part II also reflects on the ways to counteract disinformation and fake news. Part III moves from case studies in Western and Central Europe to reflect on the methodological difficulty of investigating disinformation, as well as tackling the very delicate question of detection, combat, and prevention of fake news.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of political science, law, political philosophy, journalism, media studies, and computer science, since it provides a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of post-truth politics.

 

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Contents

List of figures
In search of paradigms Disinformation fake news and posttruth politics
Reading Arendt to rethink truth science and politics in the era of fake news
Epistemic injustice discrimination and violence
Incorporating intersectionality into AI ethics
How posttruth politics transformed and shaped the outcome of the 2016 Brexit
Fake news as an emotional weapon
Fake news and electoral behaviour
Information operations from Soviet tactics
Myths and realities of Putinism in posttruth politics
Responding to alleged Russian interference by focussing on the vulnerabilities that
Two case
The Relotius affair and the German system
Factchecking and journalistic professional
The EU Code of Practice on Disinformation and the risk of the privatisation
Index

A tale of misleading information going viral
The production of a faked reality as an existential function of Putins regime

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About the author (2020)

Serena Giusti is Head of the Programme on Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, and Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for International Studies (ISPI) in Milan, Italy. She also sits on the Advisory board of Women in International Security (WIIS), Italy.

Elisa Piras is Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Philosophy at Dirpolis Institute at Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy. Her research focuses on contemporary political liberalism and its international implications for global justice and for democratic foreign policy.

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