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June 2019
An app that algorithmically ‘undressed’ images of women was taken down by its creator, citing server overload and potential harms. Samantha Cole, June 27th 2019, Vice’s Motherboardhttps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qv7agw/deepnude-app-that-undresses-photos-of-women-takes-it-offline The creator of DeepNude, an app that used a machine learning algorithm to “undress” images of clothed women announced Thursday that he’s killing the software, after viral backlash for […]
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Russia’s Latest Russian Accounts Pushed Fake Rubio Tweet Warning of British Spy Threat to U.S. Elections | Donnie O’Sullivan | CNN Media Grab: Oligarchs, Pro-Russian Forces use TV to Push Political Agenda | Oksana Grytsenko & Oleskiy Sorokin | Kyiv Post Nord Stream 2: A Pipeline Dividing Europe? | Alan Riley | CEPA Theresa May […]
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Kristine Berzina, Nad’a Kovalcikova, David Slvo, Etienne SoulaAlliance for Security Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.https://securingdemocracy.gmfus.org/the-asd-european-policy-blueprint-for-countering-authoritarian-interference-in-democracies/ In recent years, European democracy has been shaken by internal and external events. European nations and institutions are confronting numerous challenges like migration, nationalist extremism, and discontent with the political status quo. They also face challenges from a […]
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Reuters in the New York Times, June 22nd 2019https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/06/22/technology/22reuters-russia-disinformation.html?searchResultPosition=5 LONDON — In August 2018, Spanish authorities uncovered a plot by anti-Brexit campaigners to assassinate leading Brexiteer and now favorite to be Britain’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson. Or did they? That story and others like it were created by a network of social media accounts […]
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Reuters in the New York Times, June 24th 2019https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/06/24/technology/24reuters-media-fakenews-game.html?searchResultPosition=5 LONDON — An online game that allows people to deploy Twitter bots, photo-shop evidence and incite conspiracy theories has proven effective at raising their awareness of “fake news”, a study from the University of Cambridge has found. Results from the study of 15,000 users of the […]
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/politics/fact-checker/manipulated-video-guide/ The Internet is increasingly populated with false and misleading videos. These videos — spread by politicians, advocacy groups and everyday users — are viewed by millions. The Fact Checker set out to develop a universal language to label manipulated video and hold creators and sharers of this misinformation accountable. We have found three main […]
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Our Take Partisan politics stands in the way of implementing many commonsense measures to address foreign interference in U.S. democratic processes, ASD Deputy Director Dave Salvo argues in an op-ed for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Disinformation surrounding cyber threats could be particularly detrimental to the electoral process, ASD Head of Policy and Research Jessica Brandt noted to PBS NewsHour. Deepfake technologies are becoming […]
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EU Election Attacked Russia Sought to Use Social Media to Influence E.U. Vote, Report Finds | Adam Satariano | New York Times EU Says Russia Conducted “Sustained” Election Interference Campaign | Jon Fingas | Engadget Social Media Platforms This Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Tests Facebook’s Fake Video Policies | Samantha Cole | VICE Russians Created […]
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Dr. Neville Bolt and Leonie Haiden NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence June 9th 2019 https://www.stratcomcoe.org/improving-nato-strategic-communications-terminology THE PROJECT’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE: Ensuring that the core terms and definitions are coherent across different areas of NATO StratCom and can be equally understood and applied by the military and civilian side. Creating a sense of responsibility of […]
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Tina McCorkindale, Institute for Public Relations https://instituteforpr.org/ipr-disinformation-study/Report – https://instituteforpr.org/wp-content/uploads/Disinformation_Study_IPR-6-18.pdfSlides – https://instituteforpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-IPR-Disinformation-Study.pdf Sixty-three percent of Americans view disinformation—or deliberately misleading or biased information—as a “major” problem in society, on par with gun violence (63%) and terrorism (66%), according to the 2019 Institute for Public Relations Disinformation in Society Report. The 2019 IPR Disinformation in Society Report […]
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