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Michael Williams
UN announces initiative to combat coronavirus misinformation The United Nations secretary general said the world is not only fighting the coronavirus pandemic, but also a “dangerous epidemic of misinformation.” By Joseph Guzman Story at a glance The U.N. secretary general said “wild” coronavirus conspiracy theories are “infecting the internet.” The United Nations Communications Response initiative...
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From the Active Measures Newsletter produced by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  Sign up for their newsletter here. Here are the top stories we’ve seen this week: Coronavirus Battling COVID-19, is DOD Prepared for an Onslaught of Disinformation and Propaganda from Foreign Competitors? | Matthew Coughlin & Paul Lieber | Military Times COVID-19:...
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Ed. note – As we’ve pointed out many, many times there is no mechanism in our government to coordinate this effort which cannot be led by DoD.  Of course, we’ll continue to discuss it…… From SOF News: Head Shots, Body Shots, or Lead with an Influence Strategy By Ajit Maan. In an insightful recent article...
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H/T to the folks at the Cognitive Security ISAO for this link: Here is the database that gathers all of the falsehoods that have been detected by the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus alliance. This database unites fact-checkers in more than 70 countries and includes articles published in at least 40 languages. IFCN Covid-19 Misinformation      
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From the folks at the International Association of Certified ISAOs.  They have created a new area for Cognitive Security with the participation of an IPA Trustee.   COGNITIVE SECURITY ISAO – COVID-19 DISINFORMATION / MISINFORMATION CORONAVIRUS FACTS DATABASE”   Here is the database that gathers all of the falsehoods that have been detected by the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus...
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Ed. Note:  This is something we should be discussing now and falls into the realm of Cognitive Security.  Before we grant such surveillance powers to the state, we should consider how they will be withdrawn when not absolutely necessary.  Hopefully, we won’t need to have this conversation. As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets Tracking...
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Ed. Note – Although IPA members have been preaching about the implications of “volume, speed and uniquity” in the information environment for many years, it’s still nice to see an adaptation of that repeated even if the concept is now old.  The advice in this column is “to rise above the disinformation battle and seize...
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Ed. Note – This very thing occurred in the past year in my own local area as ‘unnamed external actors’ attempted to undermine a city’s attempts to have 5G installed in the city center providing broad-band wireless internet to a large portion of the city’s residents.  In the end, it was approved but not until...
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Ed note – Makes sense.  You export what you’re good at and the Russians have made a name for themselves in this area. CNN reports: Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and Nigeria — and in your feeds An excerpt: Accra, Ghana (CNN)The Russian trolls are back — and once again trying to...
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Ed. note – IPA takes a comprehensive view of Cognitive Security; we also try to look forward to issues likely to confront policy- and law-makers in the future.  In the recent past, we’ve discussed the consequences of the surveillance state already constructed in China; now we have to confront what may be an expansion of...
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