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As the electoral drama unfolded on the evening of November 3, the nation held its breath. Civil society groups prepared for turmoil, journalists for rapid response and tech companies to stem the spread of disinformation.
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QAnon proves internet companies aren’t up to the task of defending democracy
In the early hours of the morning, the networked factions that back President Donald Trump – disparate groups united by their support of the president – applauded his premature declaration of victory. Some turned to conspiracy theorists, operating in hives online, to make sense of the unfolding turmoil. Then they amplified the misinformation created in these spaces.
One group associated with such conspiracy theories is QAnon, which has contributed to the spread of misinformation in the 2020 election. The QAnon movement is centered around an individual (or group), referred to as Q, who claims to be part of a
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Starting Monday, in the week preceding the US election, we kick off Blockchain Revolution Global 2020, a week of important conversations globally about inspiring solutions for new models of business, government, democracy and a new global order. Modest topics, to be sure, and timely as the following week the world watches as America votes.
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Since the early 1990s, I have written that the digital revolution holds vast promise to strengthen our democratic institutions through open government, deep citizen engagement, transparency, high performance government and accountability of elected representatives.
But today there is evidence that the opposite is happening. The digital age has led the decline of traditional media and a fragmentation of public discourse where we can each follow our