Are Social Bots and Fake News threatening our democracy? The Propstop-Team provides research on the dangers of misinformation in the newest POLITIKUM edition.

The POLITIKUM edition ‘smart democracy’ discusses democracy in the times of digitalization – supported by the Propstop-Team members Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, Dr. Lena Frischlich, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt and Svenja Boberg. The article focuses on the question of how great the threat of social bots and fake news really is. The researchers noted that the perceived…

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High-level conference on “Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats”

In October, an EU-conference on the highest political level took place in Brussels. Besides representatives of the EU-commission, members of the EU-parliament, representatives of EU member states, NATO representatives, NGOs, as well as researchers were invited. Many European projects, which are engaged with topics like disinformation and manipulation of societies, were introduced, as their progress and…

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Prof. Dr. Quandt in an interview with a Swiss newspaper talking about the employment of bots in elections.

Prof. Dr. Quandt was interviewed by Simone Luchetta for the Swiss newspaper “Tages-Anzeiger” as an expert on social networks. During the interview Prof.Dr. Quandt stressed, that the employment of Russian bots in the last German election was not as extensive as expected. Instead his most recent studies showed, that especially right-wing groups used social networks…

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