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Selected New York Times articles – week ending June 19th 2019

EU Finds Russian Disinformation, Says Tech Firms Must Do More Reuters, June 14th 2019, New York Times Russian online outlets spread disinformation to sway voters in last month’s European Union elections, the bloc said on Friday in a report calling for social media firms to take greater action or risk regulation. Russia Sought to Use …

Selected Washington Post articles – week ending June 19th 2019

How YouTube erased history in its battle against white supremacy Elizabeth Dwoskin, June 13th 2019, Washington Post Last week, YouTube launched a crackdown on white supremacists and purveyors of hoaxes. It took down thousands of videos and channels that featured Holocaust denial and promoted Nazi ideologies. Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We …

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

Our Take: AI-powered systems generate modified content and advance digital forgeries that are harmful to American interests, said ASD Non-Resident Senior Fellow Clint Watts testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The Kremlin and its proxies employ various tactics to undermine democracies around the world, including by enriching elites, bankrolling illiberal populists, building …

Active Measures #41 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

House Intelligence Committee Hearing on DeepFakes and AI Statement For The Record | Danielle Keats Citron Statement For The Record | Jack Clark Statement For The Record | Dr. David Doermann Statement For The Record | Clint Watts Getting Ready for 2020 Securing American Elections | Michael McFaul, ed. | Stanford University They Watched Russia Try to Sway Voters in …

Democratic Defense Against Disinformation 2.0

Alina Polyakova and Daniel Fried, June 13th 2019, The Atlantic Councilhttps://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/democratic-defense-against-disinformation-2-0 Foreign interference in democratic elections has put disinformation at the forefront of policy in Europe and the United States. The second edition of Democratic Defense Against Disinformation takes stock of how governments, multinational institutions, civil-society groups, and the private sector have responded to the …

The U.S. Needs an Information Warfare Command: A Historical Examination

Commentary by Conrad Crane, June 14th 2019, War on the Rockshttps://warontherocks.com/2019/06/the-united-states-needs-an-information-warfare-command-a-historical-examination/ Recently, the House and Senate have been evaluating Defense Department plans to set up a new Space Force. However, without any fanfare, a more important structural reorganization might be underway. The mission statement of U.S. Army Cyber Command now reads that it “integrates and conducts full-spectrum cyberspace …

How YouTube Erased History in its Battle Against White Supremacy

Elizabeth Dwoskin, June 13th 2019, Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/06/13/how-youtube-erased-history-its-battle-against-white-supremacy/ Its removal of thousands of videos and channels featuring Holocaust denial and Nazi ideologies offended a wide array of would-be supporters of its new hate-speech policy SAN FRANCISCO — Last week, YouTube launched a crackdown on white supremacists and purveyors of hoaxes. It took down thousands of …

Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets

Raphael Satter, June 13th 2019, Associated Presshttps://apnews.com/bc2f19097a4c4fffaa00de6770b8a60d LONDON (AP) — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington’s political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who’s-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant …

Securing American Elections

Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond Michael McFaul as editor, Stanford UniversityJune 5th 2019https://news.stanford.edu/2019/06/05/strategies-secure-american-elections/ Scholars from Stanford University put forward a comprehensive strategy for what needs to be done to protect the integrity and independence of U.S. elections, with a keen focus on the upcoming presidential …

Online Disinformation in the U.S. – Implications for Latin America

Ben Raderstorf and Michael Camilleri, June 2019https://www.thedialogue.org/analysis/online-disinformation-in-the-united-states/ The 2016 presidential election in the United States was arguably the event that saw the issue of online disinformation erupt into the public consciousness. Indeed, research subsequently revealed that as many as 65 million Americans visited a disinformation website in the weeks leading up to 2016 election, and …