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LikeWar The Weaponization of Social Media – October 3 & 5

In their new book LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, authors Peter Singer and Emerson Brooking study what social media has been doing to politics, news, and war around the world, drawing upon everything from historic cases to the latest in AI and machine intelligence. They track dozens of conflicts in every corner of the …

Dispatch (September 17th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Several sections from the September 17th Dispatch, from the Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. President Trump signs Executive Order on investigating and imposing sanctions for election interference: On September 12, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) to clarify and streamline the process of detecting and sanctioning foreign entities …

Ipsos – Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Post-Truth Are Other People’s Problems

Ipsos released a study on September 5th of over 19,000 people across 27 countries. Washington, DC, September 5, 2018 — A new Ipsos study of over 19,000 men and women across 27 countries , part of our long-running series on misperceptions of key social realities – The Perils of Perception – highlights how people think fake news, filter bubbles, and …

Dispatch (September 4th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Securing Democracy Dispatch September 4, 2018 News and Commentary Efforts to secure the November midterms are still lagging: The Secure Elections Act, which seeks to improve the security of U.S. election systems, is currently stalled in the Senate. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), originally created in 2002 to oversee election integrity from the local …

NYT – A Facebook War: Libyans Battle on the Streets and on Screens

A Facebook War:  Libyans Battle on the Streets and on Screens Declan Walsh and Suliman Ali Zway, New York Times, September 4th, 2018 Some highlights: Keyboard warriors spread disinformation and coordinate battlefield guidance … Facebook as a force multiplier … Libyan Facebook appears to host military-grade weapons being traded openly and human traffickers highlighting their …