How to detect the next Russian misinformation campaign

Have a requirement that tech firms put all of their ads in a publicly accessible archive

Despite the best efforts of several technology firms, there still seem to be secretive groups distributing political ads without disclosing who is funding those ads.

Even if Facebook starts discouraging advertisers from targeting users on the basis of race, gender or age, as it recently announced, the wealth of existing data that it has already collected will still allow advertisers to do sophisticated ad targeting.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2019, with the headline 'How to detect the next Russian misinformation campaign'. Subscribe