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Dispatch (August 13th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Alliance for Securing Democracy U.S. officials and lawmakers take steps to secure elections, counter interference: On August 7, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated that the military is taking steps to protect the 2018 midterm elections from foreign interference. Measures include protecting troops from foreign information campaigns, and working alongside DHS “in order to maintain the …

Senate Testimony – Foreign IO and their use of Social Media Platforms

Today, the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Director Laura Rosenberger testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on: Foreign Influence Operations and their use of Social Media Platforms  (transcript) Other witnesses included Renee DiResta, director of research at New Knowledge, John Kelly, founder and CEO of Graphika, Todd Helmus, senior behavioral scientist at the RAND …

UK – Brexit Advertisements on Facebook – Fake News Inquiry

The UK’s Commons Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport just published data submitted by Facebook as part of the Committee’s inquiry into Fake News. These PDFs show advertisements run by AggregateIQ (AIQ) on behalf of the Vote Leave and ‘50 Million’, BrexitCentral/BeLeave and DUP Vote to Leave campaigns ahead of the UK’s referendum on …

Wired – Wikipedia Combats Conspiracy Theories

Wired’s article, The ‘Guerrilla’ Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories by Louise Matsakis (posted July 25th, 2018) is worth a read. … companies like YouTube, Google and Facebook have turned to Wikipedia to help fight the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories on their own platforms … the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project has more …

RAND – An American Way of Political Warfare

The RAND Corporation released a perspective, An American Way of Political Warfare – a Proposal by Charles T. Cleveland, Ryan Crocker, Daniel Egel, Andrew M. Liepman, and David Maxwell. The seven-page read highlights a need to establish an American political warfare capability, with the authorities and knowledge to synchronize all elements of national power in …

WaPo – Justice Department Plans to Alert Public to Foreign Operations Targeting U.S. Democracy

Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy Washington Post, 19 July 2018, Ellen Nakashima The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima wrote a nice piece on the U.S. government’s efforts with foreign influence operations as presented at the recent Aspen Security Forum. Some highlights: …exposing schemes to the public is an important …

‘Targeting trust’: How Russia, and soon China, will undermine us – Sydney Morning Herald

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/targeting-trust-how-russia-and-soon-china-will-undermine-us-20180615-p4zlm1.html Recommend this article which highlights NATO’s StratCom Centre of Excellence: Janis Sarts is being asked these questions regularly. He’s the head of the host of the conference, the NATO-accredited StratCom (strategic communication) centre of excellence in Riga. They’ve been around only a few years and already governments are banging on the door asking how …