UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it

A University of Washington professor started studying social networks to help people respond to disasters. But she got dragged down a rabbit hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up mapping our political moment.

Danny Westneat - March 29, 2017
People who believe in conspiracy theories don't fall on traditional left/right continuum. The true common denominator, she found, is anti-globalism — deep suspicion of free trade, multinational business and global institutions. “To be antiglobalist often included being anti-mainstream media, anti-immigration, anti-science, anti-U.S. government, and anti-European Union,” Starbird says.
"The information networks we’ve built are almost perfectly designed to exploit psychological vulnerabilities to rumor."
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