How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect A President : What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know

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"The question of how Donald Trump won the 2016 election looms over his presidency. In particular, were the 78,000 voters who gave him an Electoral College victory affected by the Russian trolls and hackers? Trump had denied it. So too has Vladimir Putin. Others cast the answer as unknowable. Drawing on path-breaking work in which she and her colleagues isolated significant communications effects in the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, the eminent political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson marshals the troll posts, unique polling data, analyses of how the press used the hacked content, and a synthesis of half a century of media effects research to argue that, although not certain, it is probable that the Russians helped elect the 45th president of the United States. In the process, Cyberwar tackles questions that include: How extensive was the troll messaging? What characteristics of the social media platforms did the Russians exploit? Why did the mainstream press rush the hacked content into the citizenry's newsfeeds? Was Clinton telling the truth when she alleged that the debate moderators distorted what she said in the leaked speeches? Did the Russian influence extend beyond social media and news to alter the behavior of FBI director James Comey? After detailing the ways in which the Russian efforts were abetted by the press, social media platforms, the candidates, party leaders, and a polarized public, Cyberwar closes with a warning: the country is ill-prepared to prevent a sequel" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780190915810
Branch Call Number: 324.973 TRUMP JAMIE
Characteristics: xiii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Cyber war


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Sep 13, 2019

I've long been curious about the US intelligence agency's refusals to say whether Russian 2016 election interference actually influenced the election outcome. After all, we've had serious researchers studying the impact of political ads and messaging for MANY years. Surely the intelligence agencies have access to this expertise. And the Russians also. I've suspected the intelligence folks actually DO have conclusions, but just want to avoid the topic.
So, in this book, Jamieson looks at the question as one of those long-experienced researchers. She offers no concrete conclusions. But she does outline that the Russians used a sweeping, comprehensive effort that was directed in EXACTLY the way expert US political campaigns would try to affect a close election. And she shows that the election was close enough that these techniques are known to be capable of influencing ENOUGH voters to alter the outcome. Why would US political operatives use these approaches? I have to believe it's because they're effective. So what do we think if we know the Russians employed similar approaches?

Jan 18, 2019

I wonder if the previous reviewer still believes all those "alternative facts" he posted about Hillary. Seems he/she fell for a few of the lies the Russians spread on social media. Maybe trump supporters should try to educate themselves before they vote. #Muellercaughtsomewitches

Oct 11, 2018

People with a background of communication [sort of the English lit major of yore, the easy one for people who can't handle math, science or tech] are going to tell us that the Russians were behind the election - - and that the American public was not presented with the two bigest criminal jerks around!
They expect us to ignore HRC's "winning strategy": joining all those conservative outfits while in the senate; her religious attendance of Bush White House prayer breakfasts with her fellow conservatives; her support for the Indian jobs offshoring agency, the Tata Consultancy - - bringing them to Buffalo to increase unemployment; her financial support for the military coup in Honduras when she chaired the Millennium Project, then her later vocal support for the coup while SecState; all those fundraisers thrown for her by Lady de Rothschild at Martha's Vineyard; those despicable speeches she gave to the Wall Streeters, promising to work against workers' rights and support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, et cetera, et cetera!
Sorry, but disinformation abounds, and all these // the Russkies won the election \\ books remind me of all those // the Mafia/Cubans/French Mob did in JFK \\ books!
Not buying such misinformation and disinformation . . .


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