Hacking of the Free
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Hacking of the Free

Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century

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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.

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Ken Buckler
Ken Buckler

I have lived in the Washington County, MD area my entire life.  I graduated from Mount Saint Mary's in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. For 15 years worked as a federal contractor for multiple agencies, performing cyber security and information assurance services. I now analyze the cyber security industry and write about my research full-time.

I am an advocate for local small business, as well as empowering local residents in Washington County to better themselves, and create better lives for themselves and their families. I also love local history in Washington County, and am the producer of "History Hub Hunters", a show focused finding lost pieces of local history.

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Table of Contents

  • About the Author
  • Legal
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • References

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