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The Disinformation Report

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New Knowledge
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Russian memes aimed at discouraging voting in the 2016 election.

Wednesday, we’re talking about how the Russians tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. Researcher Renee DiResta joins us to explore the techniques of weaponizing social media and why we take the bait.

RadioWest divider.

Wednesday, we’re talking about how the Russians tried to influence the American presidential election in 2016. We’re going to focus on their attempts to amplify conspiracy theories, spread disinformation, and get Americans to fight and argue with each other. The researcher Renee DiResta is our guest. She and her team created one of the independent reports for the Senate Intelligence Committee. We’ll talk about the techniques of weaponizing social media and why we’re primed to take the bait.

Renee DiResta is director of research for New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company. She's also head of policy at the nonprofit Data for Democracy. New Knowledge produced the independent Disinformation Report for the Senate Select Committee on Inteligence.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.