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Advanced Persistent Manipulators

The Alliance for Security Democracy posted their first of a three part series on Advanced Persistent Manipulators (APM). READ THE ARTICLE HERE by Clint Watts, a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Non-Resident Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy.

Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending February 20th, 2019

Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending February 20th, 2019 Nigeria in Battle against Fake News Ahead of Elections Rodney Muhumuza and Sam Olukoya, Associated Press in the Washington Post In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish, yet widely believed, that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and …

Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending February 20th, 2019

Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending February 20th, 2019 Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. CompaniesNicole Perlroth, New York Times, February 18th, 2019Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in aggressive attacks by Iranian and Chinese hackers who security experts believe have been energized by President …

Dispatch (February 19th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Dispatch (February 19th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy Our Take ASD’s Brad Hanlon and Tom Morley examined the hidden relationship between trendy, English-language social media programs on allegedly independent media networks and Russian state-sponsored media company RT, in a story picked up by CNN. They demonstrated how the Russian government has “resorted to hiding …

Active Measures #24 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

A Newsletter of Political Warfare, Influence, and Information Campaigns from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University Sign up for the Active Measures Newsletter here.  Top stories for this week: Private Mossad For Hire | Adam Entous & Ronan Farrow | The New Yorker Russia is Backing a Viral Video Company Aimed at American Millennials | Donie O’Sullivan, Drew …

This AI Fake Text May Be Too Dangerous

Researchers create ‘malicious’ writing AI Dave Lee, BBC News, February 15, 2019 The article follows – see an example at the bottom of this post. A team of researchers who have built an artificially-intelligent writer say they are withholding the technology as it might be used for “malicious” purposes. OpenAI, based in San Francisco, is a research institute backed by Silicon Valley luminaries including Elon Musk and …

Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending February 13th, 2019

Facebook Toughens Political Ad Policies in India Ahead of ElectionReuters on the New York Times, February 7th, 2019Facebook Inc is toughening up the rules governing political advertisements in India to create more transparency ahead of the country’s general elections due before May, the social media giant said late on Thursday. A Call to Putin, and …

Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending February 13th, 2019

Fake news threatens our businesses, not just our politics Matthew F. Ferraro and Jason C. Chipman, Outlook Section of the Washington Post, February 8th, 2019How trolls and profiteers use disinformation to affect the market. We’ve now begun the second presidential campaign of the “fake news” era. Fake news — intentionally misleading misinformation dressed up like …