Democracy Hacked

Pages: 256
Subject: Politics
Imprint: Oneworld

Democracy Hacked

Political Turmoil and Information Warfare in the Digital Age

Martin Moore

Our democracies have already been undermined. We cannot let them be destroyed.
9781786074089 (27 Sep 2018)
RRP £16.99 / US$25.95

The Book

Democracies are being gamed. Authoritarian governments, moneyed elites and fringe hackers are exploiting our digital infrastructure and the vulnerabilities in our democratic system to influence our politics and elections. In just a few years, it has become a perpetual information war.

Inherently unstable and prone to wild volatility, our digital ecosystem has at its heart a vacuum open to the influence of those with the motivation, money or expertise to exploit it. Played successfully it can lead to unprecedented swings of public opinion.

Martin Moore explains how hackers interfere in our democratic processes, why they can do it and outlines what we need to do to save democracy for the digital age. This is a story about active measures, data mining, psy-ops, mercenaries, microtargeting, the alt-right, plutocrats, the collapse of local news, Silicon Valley, Trump, trolling, surveillance - and you.

Additional Information

Subject Politics
Pages 256
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Dr Martin Moore is director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King's College London. He was previously founding director of the Media Standards Trust (2006-2015) where he directed the Election Unspun project and wrote extensively on the news media and public policy.