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Tek Fog and a Dangerous New World

Watch a discussion on the topic between Sophie Zhang, Billy Perrigo, Robert Baptiste, Tarunima Prabhakar, V. Anand and Sagarika Ghose, along with The Wire's journalists.

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Last week, The Wire revealed the existence of a highly sophisticated secret app called ‘Tek Fog’, used by cyber troops affiliated with India’s ruling party to hijack major social media and encrypted messaging platforms. The 20-month-long investigation shows how the app automates hate and targeted harassment, spreads propaganda and is a marriage of big tech and dirty politics.

Read all the three parts of the investigation here, here and here.

The scale and sophistication of Tek Fog’s features outlined in this series offer a springboard from which to understand the use of automated propaganda online and its role in engineering public discourse by state and corporate actors in India.

Watch a discussion on the topic between Sophie Zhang, Billy Perrigo, Robert Baptiste, Tarunima Prabhakar, V. Anand and Sagarika Ghose, along with The Wire‘s journalists.