What’s the story behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal? What are the implications for our democracy? And will Facebook and other data giants be more regulated? Esty Dinur speaks with Young Mie Kim, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Political Science at University of Wisconsin Madison, and Scholar-In-Residence at Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. Her research concerns media and politics in the digital age, specifically the role digital media play in political communication among political leaders, advocacy groups, and citizens. Her recent research project is Project DATA (Digital Ad Tracking & Analysis), which empirically investigates the sponsors/sources, contents, and targets of digital political campaigns across multiple platforms and uncovers microtargeting practices such as individual-level voter identification, targeting, and message placement.
Esty’s second guest is writer, journalist and photographer John Grant. He’s a member of ThisCan’tBeHappening!, the new independent Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper. He’s a Vietnam Veteran and decades-long member of Veterans for Peace. He joins the show to talk about his recent article in CounterPunch, titled “Are We Living Under a Military Coup?”