#INNDEM2017 Speaker: Mike Hind

Name: Mike Hind

Topic: Disrupting democracy & online disinformation




Mike Hind is an independent journalist specialising in exposing the anatomy of online disinformation. He argues that the phenomenon of ‘fake people’ is more significant than ‘fake news’ in the spreading propaganda. His podcast ‘The Disinformation Age’ focuses deployment of ‘bots’ and ‘sock puppets’ to influence the democratic process by ‘astroturfing’.



In ‘Fake it ‘til you break it – disrupting democracy by astroturfing & online disinformation’ Mike outlines how hyper-partisan political and social points of view are seeded on social media platforms. And how those environments provide a built-in advantage to those who ‘game’ them by creating fake armies of supporters.