Democracy Hacked

Pages: 336
Subject: Politics
Imprint: Oneworld

Democracy Hacked

Political Turmoil and Information Warfare in the Digital Age

Martin Moore

Democracy isn't dying. It's mutating.
9781786074089 (27 Sep 2018)
RRP £16.99 / US$25.95
9781786075758 (6 Jun 2019)
RRP £9.99 / US$16.95

The Book

In the space of one election cycle, authoritarian governments, moneyed elites and fringe hackers figured out how to game elections, bypass democratic processes, and turn social networks into battlefields. Facebook, Google and Twitter - where our politics now takes place - have lost control and are struggling to claw it back.

Prepare for a new strain of democracy. A world of datafied citizens, real-time surveillance, enforced wellness and pre-crime. Where switching your mobile platform will have more impact on your life than switching your government. Where freedom and privacy are seen as incompatible with social wellbeing and compulsory transparency.

As our lives migrate online, we have become increasingly vulnerable to digital platforms founded on selling your attention to the highest bidder. Our laws don't cover what is happening and our politicians don't understand it. But if we don't change the system now, we may not get another chance.

Additional Information

Subject Politics
Pages 336
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.



- New Statesman

'Moore demonstrates how data has affected elections across the world, in the Philippines, Turkey, India, Iran, Britain and beyond... Engrossing, instructive, and urgently necessary.'

- Kirkus

‘Enormously wide-ranging and deeply researched, this is the definitive account of how digital technology has changed the entire political landscape, with profound consequences for democracy. From Brexit to Trump, and from Estonia to the Philippines, Martin Moore uncovers the real stories behind the fake ones. You'll discover that the truth is often stranger than fiction and that the future is more open than you think.'

- David Runciman, author of How Democracy Ends

‘Eye-opening… An important, timely, and clearly written look at a crucial subject.'

- Booklist

Democracy Hacked gets beyond the headlines - a compelling, informed and highly readable account of how democracy is being disrupted by the tech revolution, and what can be done to get us back on track. One of the best expositions I've read yet of what is the biggest political challenge of our generation.'

- Jamie Bartlett, author of The People Vs Tech and The Dark Net

‘The world is belatedly waking up to some frightening realities about the intersection of digital technologies and the health of democracies. Martin Moore's book is a sharp wake-up call - ambitious in its sweep and urgent in its important message.'

- Alan Rusbridger, author of Breaking News