In the aftermath of the US and other elections, how often did we hear that “something strange” was happening in social media, but people weren’t quite sure what? More than one year later, we learned of a foreign influence campaign, though much still remains unclear. How much longer can we rely only on the vague feeling that “something strange” is happening? Beyond obligations to social media companies, civil society also needs to be become more effective, skilled and co-ordinated in monitoring social media. A strong, well-informed public is the best antidote to computational propaganda.
And can we do more to exploit teh internet's potential for decentralized and democratic participation? Could we build media that are more social than the ones we have? In this meet-up we discuss how we can better monitor social media to expose abuse and how we can build better tools altogether.