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The Reality Game: A gripping investigation into deepfake videos, the next wave of fake news and what it means for democracy

Samuel Woolley

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Endeavour
14 January 2020
Political science & theory; Internet & WWW industries; Digital lifestyle; Machine learning; Virtual reality
THIS ISN'T AN EPISODE OF BLACK MIRROR. THIS. IS. THE. FUTURE.

'A mind-blowing and essential book for a future that's practically already here. This book scares the hell out of me, but if we listen to Woolley's wake-up call, then I also have hope.' Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken The problem of online disinformation is only getting worse. Social media may well play a role in the US 2020 presidential election and other major political events. But that doesn't even begin to describe what future propaganda will look like.

As Samuel Woolley shows, we will soon be navigating new technologies such as human-like automated voice systems, machine learning, 'deep-fake' AI-edited videos and images, interactive memes, virtual reality and augmented reality. In stories both deeply researched and compellingly written, Woolley describes this future, and explains how the technology can be manipulated, who might control it and its impact on political strategy.

Finally, Woolley proposes strategic responses to this threat with the ultimate goal of empowering activists and pushing technology builders to design for democracy.

We may not be able to alter how the internet was used to challenge democracy in years past but we can follow the signals to prevent manipulation in the future - and to use these powerful new tools not to control people but to empower them.
By:   Samuel Woolley
Imprint:   Endeavour
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9781913068127
ISBN 10:   1913068129
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   14 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr. Samuel C. Woolley is a writer and researcher specializing in the study of automation/AI, politics, persuasion and social media. He is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founding director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute for the Future, a fifty-year-old think-tank based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Woolley is co-founder and former research director of the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He has written articles for Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Motherboard, TechCrunch and Slate, and been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and BBC's News at Ten. Twitter: @samuelwoolley.

Reviews for The Reality Game: A gripping investigation into deepfake videos, the next wave of fake news and what it means for democracy

Long before most of the world had ever heard the terms disinformation , trolls , bots or fake news , Sam Woolley had begun to study systematically and scientifically, these new, destructive forces eroding democracy in the digital age. Reality Game synthesizes his deep and original knowledge on this subject into a readable, analytic, and compelling book. Scholars of computational propaganda, policymakers in Washington, Brussels, and the Silicon Valley, as well as all citizens of the world concerned about truth, facts, and democracy must read this book. * Michael McFaul, former US Ambassador to Russia and professor at Stanford University * This is a crucial book for understanding online misinformation, disinformation, and outright propaganda. Like a good doctor, Sam Woolley has given us an excellent diagnosis of this problem and laid out a treatment plan. Now it's up to politicians and the public to heed his timely advice.. * Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media * While the rest of us have been processing our shock at the fake news crisis, Sam Woolley has been anticipating what's coming next. This a mind-blowing and essential book for a future that's practically already here, whether we know it or not. This book scares the hell out of me, but if we listen to Woolley's wake-up call, then I also have hope. * Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World *


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