Hacking of the Free
Hacking of the Free
Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century
About the Book
The Internet age has ushered a new type of warfare - digital warfare. This isn't just warfare among "hackers" gaining unauthorized access to computer systems, but a war to influence public opinion through data analytics, propaganda and "fake news". Waging a war against the minds of the people isn't a new strategy, but the Internet age has ushered in the ability to rapidly produce simultaneous attacks against democracy and free elections.
This book, written by Cyber Security professional Ken Buckler, explores the digital threats our democracy faces in the 21st century, and how to guard against those threats.
- About the Author
Chapter One - Getting to Know You
- The Crystal Ball
- Predictive Pregnancy
- Cambridge Analytica
- The 2016 Election and the “Silent Majority”
- Defending Against Predictive Analytics
Chapter Two - The Propaganda Machine
- Early Propaganda
- Propaganda 1940 to 1980
- Digital Propaganda and Social Media
- Defending Against Propaganda
Chapter Three - The Fake News Farce
- Fake News for Profit
- Fake News for Political Gain
- Why Satire isn’t Fake News
- The Memory Hole
- Defending Against Fake News
Chapter Four - Hacktivism
- Privately Organized Hacking
- State Sponsored Organized Hacking
- Protecting Against Hacktivism
Chapter Five - Manipulating the Internet for Political Gain
- The Dangers of Social Media Influencing Real World Actions
- Social Media Manipulation
- Search Engine Manipulation
- Defending Against Social Media and Search Engine Manipulation
Chapter Six - Direct Attacks on Free Elections
- Political Espionage
- Vulnerable Voting Machines and Voter Registration
- Digital Terror Campaigns
- Disrupting Elections in Targeted Districts
- Defending Against Direct Attacks
- Closing Thoughts
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