In her latest op-ed for the New York Times, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci argues that even if no actual foreign or domestic tampering occurs, the 2018 mid-term election has been compromised because so many people now doubt the legitimacy of the process.
Tufecki says this can trigger a viscous cycle in which people’s mistrust causes them to abandon democratic institutions, which makes those institutions even weaker and less reliable.
“This has all the makings of a political crisis,” Tufecki writes. “Stopping it will require embracing every democratic institution that is failing to some degree (electoral infrastructure, media, local government) and trying to fix it. That means fighting cynicism — standing up for important institutions even as they are letting us down. It also means voting, even in an imperfect system.”
Click here to read the full op-ed “The Election Has Already Been Hacked.”