Month

November 2019
An important discussion and certainly implies that our efforts in the information environment and those that are undertaking efforts in the IE to undermine democratic values and cognitive security should be examined and understood as part of a larger strategy. https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2019/11/18/a-war-by-other-means What if, just for the sake of argument, we were to reverse Clausewitz’s famous...
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Online disinformation and emerging tech: Are democracies at risk? Online disinformation and emerging tech: Are democracies at risk?  
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If you’re not subscribing to the Kremlin Watch briefing generated by the European Values Center for Security and Policy, you should! This week’s update: https://preview.mailerlite.com/j4y5j8/1299848230233704010/n9h4/ Topics of the Week Russian exploits in Africa: Strategic goal or a testing ground for the Kremlin? How does GRU attack Android phones? Kremlin‘s Current Narrative: China is a victim...
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Russia will reportedly ban devices without preinstalled Russian software The law comes into force next July, the BBC reported. https://www.cnet.com/news/russia-will-ban-devices-without-pre-installed-russian-software/
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Editor’s Note:  This report is from a Harvard based non-profit: The Nieman Lab.  Whenever I read reports like this, I remind myself of the importance of a robust investigative journalism industry in a democracy. The EU doesn’t have a sense of its disinformation problem — this report suggests the policy changes it can make The...
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Editor’s Note:  IPA and the idea of cognitive security are rooted in the understanding that to ensure the free flow of ideas in pursuit of democratic ideals we must first understand human decision-making and then look at the technical tools used that seek to modify our behavior.  To understand the threat from the latter, you...
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The 6th Warfighting Domain This article highlights a part of the DoD IO force which is little known.  Air Force IO Officers all have Psychology degrees and most have been through the Army’s Psychological Operations Course.  Their numbers are small but they should be seen as increasingly important as the cognitive dimension of the IE...
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Researchers are creating tools to find A.I.-generated fake videos before they become impossible to detect. Some experts fear it is a losing battle.  This NY Times article covers some familiar ground and how those willing to produce these fakes are likely a step-ahead of the algorithms designed to detect them.
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https://time.com/5722805/rethink-information-war-russia/ Without agreeing with all the author’s assertions in this piece, there is a case to be made that somehow an Information War is something different than what war in its traditional form attempts to achieve – which is to bend your enemy to your will.  Make no mistake that in the information environment, we...
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  Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/05/europe/finland-fake-news-intl/ Helsinki, Finland (CNN) – On a recent afternoon in Helsinki, a group of students gathered to hear a lecture on a subject that is far from a staple in most community college curriculums. Standing in front of the classroom at Espoo Adult Education Centre, Jussi Toivanen worked his way through his […]
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