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The Weaponisation of Context

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Information Disorder: Dis-, Mis- and Mal-information Source: First Draft Claire Wardle writes, “We live in an age of information disorder.” She notes it is not the weaponisation of content, but rather Context that is so dangerous. A few more words: “The promise of the digital age encouraged us to believe that only positive changes would come when we lived in hyper-connected communities able to access any information we needed with a click or a swipe. But this idealised vision has been swiftly replaced by a recognition that our information ecosystem is now dangerously polluted and is dividing rather than connecting us. Imposter websites, designed to look like professional outlets, are pumping out misleading hyper-partisan content. Sock puppet accounts post outrage memes to Instagram and

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Information Disorder: Dis-, Mis- and Mal-information
The Weaponisation of Context

Source: First Draft

Claire Wardle writes, “We live in an age of information disorder.” She notes it is not the weaponisation of content, but rather Context that is so dangerous.

A few more words:

“The promise of the digital age encouraged us to believe that only positive changes would come when we lived in hyper-connected communities able to access any information we needed with a click or a swipe. But this idealised vision has been swiftly replaced by a recognition that our information ecosystem is now dangerously polluted and is dividing rather than connecting us.

Imposter websites, designed to look like professional outlets, are pumping out misleading hyper-partisan content. Sock puppet accounts post outrage memes to Instagram and click farms manipulate the trending sections of social media platforms and their recommendation systems.

Elsewhere, foreign agents pose as Americans to coordinate real-life protests between different communities while the mass collection of personal data is used to micro-target voters with bespoke messages and advertisements. Over and above this, conspiracy communities on 4chan and Reddit are busy trying to fool reporters into covering rumours or hoaxes.”

This impact investors and voters alike . . .

The Weaponisation of Context
Source: First Draft

Barry Ritholtz
Barry L. Ritholtz is the founder and chief investment officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management. Launched in 2013, RWM is a financial planning and asset management firm, with over $175 million in assets. The firm offers a variety of services to the investing public, including LiftOff — a low cost online-only investment site.

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