Tech & Politics: The "Weaponization" of Social Media

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For this meeting, we'll explore the intersectionality of politics and social media.

To that end, we'll discuss the following themes and subtopics:

- Whether social media exposes the "truth" or simply blurs it?

- How internet trolls shape elections by manipulating the message, and effectively "weaponizing" it.

- How tech and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones and other devices.

- The use, or "weaponization" of social media to engage in live military attacks in real time.

- China's new system of "social credit" in furtherance of its authoritarian regime.

- How the new national security and public safety threats may emerge from the darkest corners of the web, as the society charters into the unprecedented threats of our networked world.