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What the new 16th Air Force means for information warfare

Mark Pomerleau, October 14th 2019, C4ISRNethttps://www.c4isrnet.com/dod/air-force/2019/10/14/what-the-new-16th-air-force-means-for-information-warfare/ In what senior officials described as one of the most historic and significant days for the Air Force, the service officially created its first information warfare entity, known as 16th Air Force, Air Forces Cyber, during an Oct. 11 ceremony at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. …

Army Secretary Stresses Rapid Deployment, Information Warfare

These are huge strategic challenges — and Ryan McCarthy is emphasizing them more than any of his predecessors in at least a decade. Sydney Freedberg, Breaking Defense, October 14th 2019https://breakingdefense.com/2019/10/army-secretary-stresses-rapid-deployment-information-warfare/ UPDATED from Sec. McCarthy & Gen. McConville press conference AUSA 2019: “You can’t skip leg day,” Ryan McCarthy said this morning, less than a month after his confirmation as Army …

How China gets American companies to parrot it

Opinion Piece, Isaac Stone Fish, October 11th 2019, Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-china-gets-american-companies-to-parrot-its-propaganda/2019/10/11/512f7b8c-eb73-11e9-85c0-85a098e47b37_story.html. It has all been so vague and furious and quick. First, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted and then deleted a post last weekend supporting the protests in Hong Kong. When Chinese sponsors fled, the Chinese Basketball Association suspended cooperation with the team and …

Focus here, not there: These are the gaps in political misinformation research

Laura Hazard Owen, October 11th 2019, Neiman Lab at Harvard. https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/10/focus-here-not-there-these-are-the-gaps-in-political-misinformation-research/. “Persistent debates about what constitutes ‘fake news’ and distinctions between other types of false information are mostly distracting.” Plus: A guide to covering misinformation without burning your news org or your readers, and a discussion of filter bubbles as not-really-a-thing. “Focus on the most …

Russia’s Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started

Paris Martineau, October 8th 2019, Wired Magazine https://www.wired.com/story/russias-disinformation-war-is-just-getting-started/ The Internet Research Agency specifically targeted African Americans, and has not stopped trying to influence elections, a Senate intelligence report says. The disinformation wars are only just getting started, warns a new report on Russian social media interference released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Published Tuesday, the report offers …

On Facebook, disinformation, and existential threats

Mathew Ingram, October 11 2019, Columbia School of Journalism https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/facebook-disinformation-antitrust.php Last week, The Verge published transcripts of two hours of audio leaked from a town hall with Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. His comments included a reference to Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose plans to break up the company Zuckerberg called “an existential threat.”  Some wondered: Would Facebook try to …

Active Measures #57 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Long Reads Russian Active Measures and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election, Volume 2: Russia’s Use of Social Media with Additional Views | U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Read, Attend and Comment: A Deep Architecture for Automatic News Comment Generation | Ze Yang, Can Xu, Zhoujun Li Russia Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, …

New Director for NATO’s Center for Countering Hybrid Threats

October 7th 2019https://www.hybridcoe.fi/news/teija-tiilikainen-starts-as-director-of-hybrid-coe/ Teija Tiilikainen started today as Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) for a five-year term. Dr Tiilikainen was previously the Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). Before her appointment to that position in 2010, she was the Director of the Network of European …

Daesh Propaganda, Before and After its Collapse

NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, September 18th 2019 https://www.stratcomcoe.org/publicationshttps://www.stratcomcoe.org/daesh-propaganda-and-after-its-collapse This report compares two archives of official Daesh media that were compiled four years apart. It explores the nuances of the group’s worldview and tracks how external and internal situational exigencies impacted them during its formative years as a caliphate. It finds that the organization’s …

Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say

Michael Schwirtz, October 8th 2019, New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/world/europe/unit-29155-russia-gru.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints …