While U.S. cyberdefenses have improved since 2016, many of the vulnerabilities exploited four years ago remain. And attacks are getting more sophisticated.
Lilliana MasonHey folks - if you find yourself getting really worked up over objectively minor intraparty matters, consider that it may be an intentional anti-democratic manipulation of your feelings, so don’t let it work. Stay on track.
Lilliana MasonThis quote from @ProfHansNoel's new 4-book review in @The_JOP is 💯: "It may not be too much to say then that conservatives/Republicans are not ideological, but they think they are, while liberals/Democrats are ideological, but they think they are not."
The idea of economic amends for past injustices and persistent disparities is getting renewed attention. Here are some formulas for achieving the aim.
Lilliana MasonI'm growing increasingly convinced that some version of reparations and/or formal atonement is the only way through the current political divide. I'm not a scholar of race, so caveats apply, but this is my sense as a parties and polarization scholar. nyti.ms/2ErI7VP 1/
A total of 46 percent say the Senate "made the wrong decision."
Lilliana MasonThis makes sense. Before K was confirmed, GOPs felt a sense of threat and therefore more incentive to vote. Now that K is confirmed, the Dems are feeling more threatened, so they’re more motivated. politi.co/2OODOKG via @politico
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Political science professors are increasingly being forced to choose which form of inclusivity to prioritize. That decision will have a large impact on the face of higher education for decades to come.
Lilliana MasonA really important point from @smotus on teaching poli sci in the Trump era. Personally, my own lecture on the importance of a free press has gone from non-partisan to “partisan” without me changing a word.
A new paper finds that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to support their party because of their own cultural identity
Lilliana MasonThis is backed up by my research with @julie_wronski demonstrating that the GOP is more powerfully fueled by (white, Evangelical) identity politics than Democrats are fueled by their own groups’ identities.
Social science explains the strategy behind their 2016 Facebook ads.
Lilliana MasonHere @alv9n@voxdotcom uses my research (including my work with @julie_wronski) to explain how Russian ads prey on our pre-existing divisions. Side note: he reproduces all of the relevant figures much more prettily than I did.