Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?

29 April 2019

With elections in the UK looming this is a talk from TED2019 in Vancouver that everyone should watch!

In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times – the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union, and asks: are free and fair elections a thing of the past?

In her talk “Facebook’s role in Brexit – and the threat to democracy”, Carole tracked the Brexit result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election — Cadwalladr calls out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for being on the wrong side of history.

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In this fascinating article from the Guardian, Carole describes the background behind her talk

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