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Michael Williams
Editor’s Note:  The CipherBrief nails it (by way of The Soufan Center): “Without sufficient laws and accompanying strategies in place, the dissemination of disinformation, including the use of deepfakes, will continue unabated despite additional resources. The December 2017 U.S. National Security Strategy mentions disinformation just twice, while the European Union developed a strategy, codes of...
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Editor’s note:  Who hasn’t, in a moment of frustration or after long contemplation, thought about deleting your Facebook or other social media account and just be done with it?  One thing holding you back might be all the photos or other items/postings you with to save.  There’s a way to keep all that stuff without...
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Editor’s note:  This is one example of what needs to be done to fight misinformation – highlighting the motivations of those who twist and edit statements to suit their motivations.  It’s part of any political playbook and perhaps the divisive nature of our politics is inuring people to the threat misinformation poses to a functioning...
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Editor’s note:  Molly McKew has been reporting on Russian disinformation for years and her scholarship has been noted by us and others.  Using the recent unrest in the US, she has outlined exactly how and why the Russians use dis- and mis-information to deepen divides and weaken western democracy. Summary: Evaluating current information operations: The...
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Editor’s note:  Ok, you may have read the headline and thought this was going to be a piece about disinformation in the US….  Plenty about that elsewhere on this blog.  No, this is how one country in particular (Hungary) is being affected by disinformation coming from sources outside the country but being willingly disseminated by...
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Editor – The article linked below from the Strategy Bridge is from a fellow IPA member and among our members his thesis is hardly controversial yet, western governments (mostly, some exceptions like the Baltic states) still struggle as any attempt to coordinate our “narrative” quickly starts to sound like we’re orchestrating from a ‘ministry of...
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Editor:  I’m highlighting this report because it’s a good example of the legwork being done elsewhere highlighting an issue, the people and entities affected by the issue and, most importantly, the motivations of those that are trying to change the beliefs and behavior of a targeted group.  This is what’s necessary to lay the groundwork...
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Editor:  Without a bit of irony Defense One wrote a puff piece on SOCOM’s desire to “understand and influence populations” (among other things) without once mentioning the nearly 30 year old effort within DoD to internalize just this thing through a body of ideas and doctrine titled:  Information Operations.  No surprise since the Department itself...
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Announcing the 9th Annual Association of Old Crows Information Operations Symposium! The United States Indo-Pacific Command and the Association Old Crows will once again co-sponsor the annual Information Operations and Electronic Warfare Symposium, now in its 9th year of execution.  The first two days of this event will be held at the UNCLASSIFIED level, and...
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David Ignatius has a review up of a new book on Russian Active Measures.  An excerpt: When Russian intelligence officers plotted their campaign to destabilize American politics in 2016, they had nearly a century of experience in covert manipulation to draw upon. The Internet had given the Russians new tools for this mischief. But their...
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