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Democracy Hacked

Political Turmoil and Information Warfare in the Digital Age
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
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Democracies are being gamed. Authoritarian governments, moneyed elites and fringe hackers are exploiting our digital infrastructure and the vulnerabilities in our democratic system to influence our politics and elections. In just a few years, it has become a perpetual information war. 

Inherently unstable and prone to wild volatility, our digital ecosystem has at its heart a vacuum open to the influence of those with the motivation, money or expertise to exploit it. Played successfully it can lead to unprecedented swings of public opinion. 

Martin Moore explains how hackers interfere in our democratic processes and why they can do it and outlines what we need to do to save democracy for the digital age. This is a story about active measures, data mining, psy-ops, mercenaries, microtargeting, the alt-right, plutocrats, the collapse of local news, Silicon Valley, Trump, trolling, surveillance - and you.

©2018 Martin Moore (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Tramway
  • 04-07-19

THOUGHT PROVOKI NG - this is an important book!

I feel a lot more informed about big data since listening to this book. The author explains his subject well in an unbiased manner, making a very complex issue understandable, interesting, yet thought provoking, I recommend this book to those who are interested in the future of democracy and who are trying to make sense of the conflicting interests that living in a digital age brings with it. Perhaps we will come to find that democracy and the age of big data are incompatible bedfellows. The choices we make now about how our governments use big data, and how much of our own personal data we are willing to share , will inevitably have a profound effect on how we are governed in the future , and how society will be organised.

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  • Tim Aikin
  • 03-11-19

Great listen, thought provoking

Easy listen, logically presented facts and connections. Asking the questions and offering solutions. In the hands of the citizen.

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  • JoRo
  • 06-08-19

Disappointing

I chose this book on the basis of the reviews so I was very disappointed when I found my experience was at odds with others. To me, the book is a little tedious and rather wordy and after several hours of listening, I didn't feel as though I had learned much. Consequently, I didn't bother to listen to all of it. This, of course, is a failing in any review. It may well have improved. It may be that I am just not clever enough to appreciate what it was saying, but I have many other books to read and at my age time is at a premium. It seemed to concentrate upon the American experience which probably didn't help in my case. On the upside, I thought the narration was very good.