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Dispatch (May 20th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Our Take The Kremlin’s use of malign finance to undermine democracy: ASD Director Laura Rosenberger will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment on “Undermining Democracy: Kremlin Tools of Malign Political Influence.” Rosenberger will discuss financial and economic vectors of Russia’s interference within the context of …

Cyber Endeavor 2019

Cyber Endeavor 2019 is an upcoming symposium sponsored by Naval Postgraduate School and the DoD’s IO Center for Research. The theme for Cyber Endeavour 2019 is “Advancing US and NATO Interests Against Russian Aggression: Policy, Strategy, and Operations in the Information Environment.”  A number of experts from government, academia, and private industry will participate and …

Burned After Reading

Endless Mayfly’s Ephemeral Disinformation Campaign By Gabrielle Lim, Etienne Maynier, John Scott-Railton, Alberto Fittarelli, Ned Moran, and Ron Deibert May 14th, 2019, The CitizenLab https://citizenlab.ca/2019/05/burned-after-reading-endless-mayflys-ephemeral-disinformation-campaign/ Endless Mayfly1 is an Iran-aligned network of inauthentic websites and online personas used to spread false and divisive information primarily targeting Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel. Using this network …

Active Measures #37 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Russia’ Strategy Russia Has Americans’ Weaknesses All Figured Out | Jim Scuitto | The Atlantic States Shine Light on Russian Trolls’ Hiding Places | Ian Vanderwalker | Brennan Center For Justice Russia Is Targeting Europe’s Elections. So Are Far-Right Copycats | Matt Apuzzo & Adam Satariano | New York Times The Lawfare Podcast: John Sipher …

Facebook shuts down Israel-based disinformation campaigns as election manipulation increasingly goes global

Craig Timberg and Tony Romm, May 16th 2019, Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/05/16/facebook-shuts-down-israel-based-disinformation-campaigns-election-manipulation-increasingly-goes-global/ Facebook said it shut down 265 fake accounts run by an Israeli social media company on Thursday for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” as it sought to affect politics in African, Latin American and Southeast Asian nations. The move, while underscoring the increasingly global nature of …

Facts Versus Opinions

How the Style and Language of News Presentation Is Changing in the Digital Age Jennifer Kavanagh, William Marcellino, Jonathan S. Blake, Shawn Smith, Steven Davenport, and Mahlet G. Tebeka RAND Corporation, May 2019 Over the past 30 years, the ways that Americans consume and share information have changed dramatically. No longer do people wait for …

Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending May 14th, 2019

Report: Iran-linked disinformation effort had personal touch Raphael Satter, Associated Press in the Washington Post, May 14th 2019 When an attractive young Middle Eastern woman contacted Saudi dissident Ali AlAhmed over Twitter last November, he was immediately suspicious. Deepfakes are coming. We’re not ready. Brian Klaas, Opinion, Washington Post, May 14th 2019 If 2016 was the …

Protecting the Polls from Russian Trolls: Why America Must Hack Back

Stan Sundel, Associate Editor for Terrorism and CounterterrorismGeorgetown Security Studies ReviewMay 12th 2019http://georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org/2019/05/12/protecting-the-polls-from-russian-trolls-why-america-must-hack-back/ Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that the United States military conducted a cyberattack against an infamous Russian “troll factory,” designed to thwart their nefarious cyber activities during the 2018 midterm elections.[i] U.S. Cyber Command took down internet access of the …

New Zealand Seeks Global Support for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

Charlotte Graham-McLay and Adam SatarianoMay 12th 2019, New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/12/technology/ardern-macron-social-media-extremism.html WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand will attempt this week to use the terrorist attack that killed 51 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch mosques in March to demand that the biggest internet platforms do more to stamp out violent and extremist …