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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 …

Dispatch (May 13th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Our Take Internet Research Agency (IRA) operatives attempt to hijack American social movements: ASD Social Media Analyst Bret Schafer’s essay on the IRA’s imitation of African-American activists online, featured in the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2019 report, was cited by the New York Times and CBS News. Both reports highlight Schafer’s argument …

Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise

William Broad, May 12th 2019, New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/12/science/5g-phone-safety-health-russia.html The cellphones known as 5G, or fifth generation, represent the vanguard of a wireless era rich in interconnected cars, factories and cities. Whichever nation dominates the new technology will gain a competitive edge for much of this century, according to many analysts. But a television network …

Justice Department Wins Lawsuit Demanding Radio Station Register As Russian Agent

Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, May 7th 2019 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/justice-department-wins-lawsuit-demanding-radio-station-register-as-russian-agent-1208400 A first-of-its-kind decision from a Florida federal judge rejects reasoning from RM Broadcasting on why it shouldn’t have to register. The United States Justice Department has prevailed in a lawsuit against RM Broadcasting, the owner of a Washington, D.C.-based radio station that is broadcasting Sputnik International. …

Active Measures #36 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Facebook & Other Online Disinformation Facebook Auto-Generates Videos Celebrating Extremist Images | Desmond Butler & Barbara Ortutay | Associated Press Instagram Will Begin Blocking Hashtags That Return Anti Vaccination Misinformation | Casey Newton | The Verge Whistleblower Says Facebook Generating Terror Content | Glenn Chapman | Yahoo News Facebook Will Open Its Data Up To …

Facebook: Removing More Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from Russia

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy May 6th, 2019 – https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/05/more-cib-from-russia/ Today we removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior  on Facebook and Instagram. We found two separate, unconnected operations that originated in Russia and used similar tactics, creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they …

Operation Dragoon Ride 2015

Disinformation and Counter-Disinformation Strategies Kremlin Watch Report, European Values Think Tankhttps://www.kremlinwatch.eu/userfiles/operation-dragoon-ride-2015.pdf As a response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Operation Dragoon Ride 2015 was a high-profile and controversial USAREUR tactical convoy. A squadron of Strykers with additional logistical and support elements traveled in a convoy almost 2000 km from Estonia back to their home base …