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The Next Front Line in the Fight for Hearts and Minds

Andrew Trabulsi
Board of Contributors
Mar 4, 2017 | 14:30 GMT
A picture of a smartphone. Powerful handheld devices and social applications are changing the way people communicate, organize and protest.
The ability to communicate cheaply and effectively is making global, instantaneous connections not only possible but also scalable — a new reality that has serious implications for mobilizing political change.
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Social technologies have proved a powerful tool for shaping public perception and skewing political discourse. On their own, powerful handheld devices and far-reaching social applications do not pose a challenge to today's political institutions, but when they are used with the express purpose of spreading misinformation, these technologies can severely undermine democratic processes and governance....

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