How globalisation made a joke out of American democracy
While the phenomenon of globalisation is at a front run, with political scientists parading the concept as the future of global politics, it has simultaneously backfired in the face of American politics.
On the 7th of September 2017, Facebook released a statement confirming the involvement of Russian hackers during the US elections in 2016. Research from the cybercell FireEye revealed that Russian operators created bots to spread anti-Clinton messages and promote allegations against her. Facebook has since shut down hundred fake accounts created by a Russian company which has spent $100,000 on political advertisements during the elections. Even though the propaganda spread by the Russian company should not have had a large effect on Americans, it certainly created anger and suspicion towards political actors. In today’s day and age, social media is a powerful tool that is taking over political communications.
Globalisation may have positively built strong relations between countries but it has subsequently made countries vulnerable to foreign exploitation for political agendas. It is crucial for political analysts to examine the role of Russia in order to prevent a similar event in the future. Russia has been quite vocal about their hacking expertise, with Vladmir Putin making vague statements about how “IP addresses can be simply made up” and “there is no proof”. The responsibility lies with powerful social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to police the illegal misuse of these platforms.
Globalisation, though not a recent phenomenon, has embedded strong values of connectivity, transparency and objectivity in the age of social media. Countries have become economically and socially interdependent which has only strengthened the world economy by increasing trade and having companies cater in the international markets. However, globalisation has inherently increased competition, making countries vulnerable to exploitation. Russia undoubtedly took advantage of their relations with the US and turned the entire election into a political game. It is evident that American democracy is being threatened by foreign political agendas, thus highlighting the consequences of globalization. It is now in the hands of international organisations such as the United Nations or European Union to maintain and develop concrete relations between nation-states without risking exploitation.
By Akanksha Patil
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