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June 18, 2019  10:27 PM

Is the internet destroying Western Liberal Democracy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
democracy, fake news, Internet, propaganda

There is an irony in the appointment by the House of Lords of a committee to explore the impact of digital...

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May 10, 2019  1:48 PM

Brexit: golden rules and taboo questions

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, fake news

The Brexit debate sees the endless repetition of mendacious claims, meaningless slogans and fake news. But key questions appear off limits - because no-one wants to discuss the possible answers.  They reveal that what is a stake is not a simple matter of "in" or "out". It is what is allowed to...


December 30, 2017  4:43 PM

Can democracy and the advertising funded Internet survive the war of the algorithms?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
algorithm, democracy, fake news, Internet

AI as an excuse for obfuscating responsibility for commercial decisions Much of the current hype over Big Data and Artificial intelligence results from the large scale use of use of old techniques to hoover up personal and other data by those who wish to avoid scrutiny of the...


July 14, 2017  5:38 PM

Fake News – The Movie

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Facebook, fake news, ISOC, Snapchat

A video of yesterdays ISOC England round table on Fake News is now available on-line. It is unedited and therefore begins, as do most webcast events, with some embarrassing technical problems but stay with it. It was a good disucssion, ably stirred by


July 2, 2017  5:36 PM

Is Fake News Destroying Democracy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
fake news

On 13th July, at an Internet Society event on Fake News, I am due to address the impact on politics. Last...


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