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Ideological polarization, propaganda, and the evolution of political thought—this page covers the trends and news that will influence the future of politics.

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https://www.axios.com/google-changes-political-ad-policy-limit-micro-targeting-248e8391-6aa7-44b3-8821-ffa166e87d7b.html
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Axios
The announcement comes a few weeks after Twitter announced it would be banning political ads.
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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-minded-to-appoint-ofcom-as-online-harms-regulator
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GOV.UK
Telecoms and broadcasting regulator to get role ensuring platforms protect users
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https://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2020/04/21/the-future-social-media-the-turn-the-decade
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The Drum
At the close of 2019, the number of social media users worldwide had hit 3.5 billion. Social media’s rapid growth has had a significant impact on our daily lives – transforming how we connect with not only each other, but also with the media and brands. So, at the turn of the decade what future changes can we predict to see on the horizon?
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/19/twitter-supposed-to-spread-democracy-not-trumps-ravings
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The Guardian
Techno-utopians like me believed the internet would end authoritarianism. The president proves how wrong we were
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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/14/kevin-systrom-social-media-needs-to-be-policed.html
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CNBC
Instagram co-founder and former CEO Kevin Systrom said it's important for the future of the world that social media companies be policed well and take their issues of misinformation and harassment seriously. In particular, Systrom highlighted "deepfakes," which are highly-believable doctored videos that are beginning to make their way onto social services. 
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https://www.salon.com/2018/12/24/noam-chomsky-social-media-is-undermining-democracy/
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salon
"The Internet does allow us to [….] overcome the impact of the concentration of media," the scholar noted
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https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/singer-weaponization-social-media/
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Wharton University of Pennsylvania
Authors Peter Singer and Emerson Brooking explain how social media has emerged as a surprising -- and effective -- tool in modern warfare, in their new book.
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https://www.wired.com/story/germany-facebook-antitrust-ruling/
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Wired
The country’s antitrust regulator told Facebook it couldn't demand so much data from users simply to have an account. Experts say it’s a big deal.
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https://longreads.com/2019/02/18/what-would-social-media-be-like-as-the-world-is-ending/
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Longreads
In Mark Doten’s "Trump Sky Alpha," a journalist who has survived Trump’s nuclear apocalypse gets an assignment from what's left of the New York Times Magazine: find out what people were tweeting as the bombs fell.
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https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-social-media-leads-to-a-less-stable-world/
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Wharton
While social media platforms have irrefutable benefits, they are also major drivers of political Balkanization, writes Curtis Hougland in this op-ed.
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https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/infinite-discretion/
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Democracy
As data on people becomes more available, those with access to it are able to shape government, end careers, and maintain control.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/opinion/sunday/political-polarization.html
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The New York Times
The problem in America today is not incivility or intolerance. It’s something far worse.
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https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/11/09/women-in-public-life-are-increasingly-subject-to-sexual-slander-dont-believe-it
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The Economist
As deepfake technology spreads, expect more bogus sex tapes of female politicians
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/opinion/cancel-culture-.html
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The New York Times
What we talk about when we talk about “cancellation.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/eric-zorn/ct-column-cancel-culture-nba-charlie-kirk-zorn-20200731-nbohyowc3rbkzpvxsqgv3nljpu-story.html
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Chicago Tribune
“Cancel culture” — a social environment in which those on one side of an issue attempt to silence, ostracize, shame, de-platform and, in some cases, have fired the people and companies aligned with the other side of an issue — is bipartisan.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBct9gW1mOo
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HBO
Subscribe to the Real Time YouTube: http://itsh.bo/10r5A1B In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher expresses concern that the growing surveillance state isn’t ...
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https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/25/the-gops-millennial-problem-runs-deep/
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Pew Research Center
Millennials are not only more likely to identify with Democrats, but even those who identify with the Republicans are less conservative than older Republicans.
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https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/25/the-gops-millennial-problem-runs-deep/
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Pew Research Center
Millennials are not only more likely to identify with Democrats, but even those who identify with the Republicans are less conservative than older Republicans.
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https://time.com/2974185/millennials-poll-politics/
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Time
Boomers just don’t understand what younger people are saying about politics and culture.
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https://gen.medium.com/everyones-missing-the-obvious-when-it-comes-to-the-declining-u-s-birth-rate-679abebb854b
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Medium
The Center for Disease Control recently reported that the U.S. birth rate is at a record low. In an economy where babies cost a lot and paid leave is scarce, this should be no surprise.
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https://swampland.time.com/2013/05/09/millennial-politics/
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Time
This much is undeniable: In 2008, one recession and two long wars drove Millennial voters to the polls and helped elect Barack Obama. Millennials backed Obama again in 2012, but their future as reliable Democratic voters is far less certain.