Oneworld signs investigation into hackers 'gaming' democracy

Oneworld signs investigation into hackers 'gaming' democracy

Oneworld is to publish Democracy Hacked, an investigation into how hackers are "gaming" democracy by Dr Martin Moore.

Senior commissioning editor Alex Christofi acquired world rights to Democracy Hacked: How Russian hackers, secretive plutocrats, and freextremists are undermining democracy and gaming elections from Annabel Merullo at PFD.

According to the blurb: "Democracies are being gamed. Our current digital information ecosystem is inherently unstable and prone to wild volatility. There is a vacuum in the middle of the system that is open to influence by those with the motivation, the money or the expertise. Played successfully it can lead to unprecedented swings of public opinion."  

Christofi said: "Over the last year, a number of separate conversations have emerged around the way democratic institutions are being eroded either at the state level, or through big corporations like Facebook, or by disgruntled, almost apolitical basement-dwellers. Martin is drawing these conversations together to make a powerful argument that these are all symptoms of the same disease, and this book will help to identify what is happening and what we can do to fix it."

Moore currently leads the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College London, and was previously founding director of the Media Standards Trust, where he directed the Election Unspun project.

Moore said: "Politics on the web is fast becoming a battlefield of bot armies, troll mercenaries and ideological foot soldiers – this book explains why this happened and where we go next."

Democracy Hacked: How Russian hackers, secretive plutocrats, and freextremists are undermining democracy and gaming elections will be published in hardback in September 2018.