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Michael Williams
Note:  All opinions on the IPA blog are those of the author and except where noted not official positions of the Association. This CFR blogger was echoing my own thoughts as well many of yours: 2020 was a plague year, and not only from an epidemiological standpoint: disinformation went mainstream, and conspiracy theories that previously...
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If you’ve paid even minimal attention to the discussion about today’s media environment then you know that market forces, the deleterious effects of social media, and the subsequent division of all media markets into tiny segments means that we can no longer count on a paid, investigative reporter showing up at local or county-level government...
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Editor’s note:  Defense One put up a nice summary filled with data on the spread of misinformation leading up to the US election.  It’s far from reassuring.  Despite the concerted efforts of social media companies and most media outlets, misinformation spread quickly and remains very entrenched with a backlash suggesting a surge in lack of...
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Editor’s Note – Now, this is refreshing.  How many times have we read the following words?: “This is not just a local or national threat, but a global one. Europe and the West are experiencing a flood of disinformation campaigns. Although this menace predates the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the public health crisis has provided...
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The Supply of Disinformation Will Soon Be Infinite Editor’s Note:  A ‘much mentioned’ but rarely discussed aspect of online discourse that’s happening before our eyes:  The use of fake personas and AI algorithms to produce content with the intent merely to sow discord.  Today it’s the Russians and Chinese and tomorrow…..almost anyone…?  These tools don’t...
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Editor’s Note:  I think the title says it all; a pity so many are willing to do so little and instead fall for that most common of human foibles:  confirmation bias.  Also great to see sites like Bellingcat being highlighted – we need more of them. How Americans Get Tricked Into Participating in Disinformation Campaigns...
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Editor’s Note:  Weaponization of information by Russia to achieve aims that would normally require more violent means is not a new story, and if it is not “warfare” to us, it is most certainly an extension of political aims with the specific objective of undermining our way of life and the influence of democracies throughout...
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Editor’s Note:   We’ve written here before about the work of the European Values Center and they continue to expand their work to expose disinformation and the efforts of malign actors to undermine democracy.  They have recently begun two new newsletters:  The Georgia Watch Briefing the latest of which can be seen here –Georgia Watch Briefing...
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Editor’s note: We have known about the threat of deepfakes for years so it’s not surprising we would have developed an ability to detect them when they are produced by less sophisticated actors.  The threat posed by sophisticated actors continues to be real and we must marshal national-level resources to fight them. This report is...
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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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