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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 …

Dispatch (February 11th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Dispatch from the Alliance for Securing Democracy Our Take:Updates to the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Authoritarian Interference Tracker highlight Russian state-sponsored media outlets’ efforts to discredit adversaries and to manipulate social media using inauthentic accounts. News and Commentary: Federal, state officials ramp up efforts to secure 2020 elections: U.S. officials from the Department of Justice …

Malicious Use of Social Media from BBC Monitoring

Case Studies of Malicious Social Media Use BBC Monitoring tracks thousands of international media outlets, including hard-to-reach broadcast sources, to report news from and about the world’s media and social media. NATO’s Center for Excellence for Strategic Communication highlights the work of BBC Monitoring (BBCM) in a recently released report. Set up at the outbreak …

Active Measures #23 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Active Measures #23 – A Newsletter of Political Warfare, Influence, and Information Campaigns Here are the top stories seen this week: Say it with Statues:  Brick-and-Mortar Revisionism in Orban’s Hungary | Vivian S. Walker | War on the Rocks ‘Digital Blackface’: Pro-Trump Trolls Are Impersonating Black People on Twitter | Kelly Weill | Daily Beast …

The Black Market for Social Media Manipulation

Countering the Malicious Use of Social Media NATO’s Center for Excellence for Strategic Communication Read the Report here Around the turn of the decade, when the popularity of social media sites was really beginning to take off, few people noticed a secretly burgeoning trend — some users were artificially inflating the number of followers they …