Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending March 13th, 2019

Why propaganda is more dangerous in the digital age
Albinko Hasic, Washington Post, March 12th, 2019
The techniques are the same, but now anyone can go viral.

Russian trolls can be surprisingly subtle, and often fun to read
Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, Washington Post, March 8th, 2019
On Sept. 10, 2018, @PoliteMelanie tweeted to her more than 20,000 followers: “Criticizing Trump in a book is just unfair. It’s like criticizing the Amish on television.” The next day, this tweet won the Chicago Tribune’s “Tweet of the Week” contest. What the Tribune’s readers didn’t know when casting their votes, however, was that “Melanie” was a Russian troll.

Meet Mostik: Russia’s celebrity cat and the unofficial mascot for annexed Crimea
Amie Ferris-Rotman, Washington Post, March 7th, 2019
The cat has become an improbable superstar in Russia and something of a cuddly alter ego for the normally forbidding Kremlin

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?
Michael Liedtke of the Associated Press in the Washington Post, March 7th, 2019
After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s shifting his company’s focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy.

Our elections are still vulnerable to Russian interference
Max Boot and Max Bergman, Opinion Section, Washington Post, March 6th, 2019
This is a pressing national security threat that remains to be adequately addressed — something unlikely to happen as long as a president who was elected with Russian help remains in office.