Talk of the Week: Threat to democracy in the digital age

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      A war is being fought for people’s attention like never before. With their powerful algorithms, digital platforms have become essential weapons in this battle.

      Whether it’s for marketing or politics, it’s a contest of tweaking the message to suit the target audience.

      In some cases, people’s will can be subverted through disinformation.

      U.K. technology researcher Carl Miller dives into this topic in a Vancouver lecture titled Digital Democracy 101: The Attention Economy.

      The event happens Monday (March 4) at SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street), from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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