Abstract by Dallin Clayton
Propaganda as Control: Theory and Insights
As technology brings the world closer together and reduces the costs of communicating and collaborating, society is exposed to new dangers. The fidelity and speed of such communication, as well as its massive audience, creates opportunities for mass manipulation. This propaganda can be more subtle and more effective than in times past, allowing the manipulation of the whole through small actions microtargeted to a select few. Just like with other forms of security, the methods of attack used by modern propagandists need to be understood so they can be countered and ensure the continuation of free speech and democratic processes.