Month

July 2019
Our Take States need additional federal funding to address election security vulnerabilities, according to a report co-authored by ASD Deputy Director David Salvo and Head of External Affairs Rachael Dean Wilson with the Brennan Center for Justice, R Street Institute, and University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security. In an interview with the Washington Post Rachael Dean […]
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2020 Election and Information Security Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats Establishes Intelligence Community Election Threats Executive | Office of the Director of National Intelligence Mark Esper, Defense Secretary Nominee, Says DOD Confident In Security of 2020 Election | Andrew Blake | Washington Times Americans Could Be a Bigger Fake News Threat Than Russians In The 2020 Presidential Campaign | […]
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Nolan Peterson, July 14th 2019, The National Interest https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-iran-might-fight-war-against-america-thanks-russia-67002 KYIV, Ukraine—The recent military tension between the U.S. and Iran underscores a new era of conflict, some military officials and analysts say, in which a country’s power on the world stage is no longer measured solely by economic clout, military force, or even diplomatic sway.  Rather, […]
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Didi Kirsten Tatlow, The Atlantic, July 12th 2019 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/07/chinas-influence-efforts-germany-students/593689/ Beijing uses student and professional associations to try to influence not just Chinese citizens abroad, but outsiders, too. In centuries past, Prussian, Napoleonic, Nazi, and Allied soldiers all tramped the Strasse des 17. Juni, an east–west boulevard traversing Berlin’s leafy Tiergarten park, over which soars a […]
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Kim Sengupta, The Independent, July 17th, 2019 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/lithuania-elves-russia-election-tampering-online-cyber-crime-hackers-kremlin-a9008931.html When the dark acts of the trolls became particularly harmful, the Elves felt they had no choice but to get together and fight back, and the fierce battle which then began has since been waged with no sign of ending.   Industrial-scale spreading of disinformation; manipulating elections; undermining […]
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Our Take It is imperative the United States secure forms of advanced technologies that underlie our economy and military, ASD Advisory Council member Michael Chertoff argues in an opinion piece for CNBC.  Modern Russia is ideologically amorphous, ASD Media and Disinformation Fellow Bret Schafer comments for PolitiFact’s project, which analyzes the Special Counsel report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Establishing […]
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Unraveling Russian Disinformation Exclusive: The True Origins of the Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory. A Yahoo News Investigation | Michael Isikoff | Yahoo News The Evolution of a Russian Troll | Amy Mackinnon | Foreign Policy Revealed: The Explosive Secret Recording That Shows How Russia Tried To Funnel Millions To The “European Trump” | Alberto Nardelli | Buzzfeed  Election Security As Feds […]
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Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News, July 9 2019. https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-true-origins-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-a-yahoo-news-investigation-100000831.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and […]
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NATO’s Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence https://www.stratcomcoe.org/hybrid-threats-strategic-communications-perspective
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Kevin Collier, CNN, July 11th, 2019 https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/11/politics/states-election-disinformation-education/index.html New York (CNN)As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, individual states are ramping up education efforts to counter the threat posed by foreign disinformation campaigns to US elections. A lack of action at the federal level has prompted many states to craft their own programs designed to counter foreign efforts […]
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