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Putting a Spotlight on Information

By Kimberly Underwood, The Cyber Edge, AFCEA, March 1st, 2019 The Army is working to integrate information functions into its multidomain operations. As the U.S. Army continues to evolve its newest warfighting domain, the cyber domain, information plays a key role. The service is working to incorporate information capabilities along with intelligence, electronic warfare, cyber …

Active Measures #27 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

A Newsletter of Political Warfare, Influence, and Information Campaigns from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University  Sign up for the Active Measures Newsletter here.  Top stories this week: Researcher: The West Isn’t Ready for the Coming Wave of Chinese Misinformation | Patrick Tucker | Defense One Our Elections Are Still Vulnerable to Russian Interference | Max Boot & …

What Do Cognitive Biases Mean for Deterrence?

Iain King CBE, Defence Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington D.C., February 12, 2019, Strategy Bridgehttps://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2019/2/12/what-do-cognitive-biases-mean-for-deterrenceSome highlights: Humans make poor decisions—not just sometimes, but systematically—and new insights into these cognitive biases have implications for deterrence. … the War Department was making a common mistake now known as survivorship bias. … Survivorship bias is one of …

Russian MPs approve legislation punishing for fake news & insults directed at the state

RadioFreeEurope’s reporting is here and here. New York Times coverage is here. Associated Press file is here. Fox News report is here. RT, Russia TodayMarch 7th, 2019https://www.rt.com/russia/453243-duma-fake-news-law/ Spreading fake information and insulting the Russian state could result in hefty fines for individuals and organizations, according to a new law, adopted by the lower house of …

Facebook’s Pivot to Privacy Is Missing Something Crucial

Issie Lapowsky and Nicholas Thompson, Wired, March 6th, 2019 https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-zuckerberg-privacy-pivot/ If there’s one choice that Facebook has made repeatedly over the past 15 years, it’s been to prioritize growth over privacy. Users were consistently encouraged to make more of their information public than they were comfortable with. The settings to make things public were always …

Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending March 6th, 2019

Hungary’s leader calls EU parliament critics ‘useful idiots’ David Rising and Pablo Gorondi from the AP in the Washington Post, March 3rd, 2019 Hungary’s populist prime minister described members of a European Union political group who want his party expelled as “useful idiots,” saying in an interview published Sunday they are playing into the hands …

Propaganda 2.0: Chinese Communist Party’s Message Gets Tech Upgrade

Reuters in the New York Times, March 5th, 2019 BEIJING — In a bright red office in south Beijing, some of China’s most studious Communist Party members are gathered around their smartphones. The focus of their attention is a range of mobile apps and websites which allow them to study the speeches of Chinese President …

Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending March 6th, 2019

Propaganda 2.0: Chinese Communist Party’s Message Gets Tech Upgrade Reuters in the New York Times, March 5th, 2019 In a bright red office in south Beijing, some of China’s most studious Communist Party members are gathered around their smartphones. The focus of their attention is a range of mobile apps and websites which allow them …

Dispatch (March 4th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Our Take ASD Director Laura Rosenberger and Co-Director Jamie Fly spoke at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs last week. They also gave an interview to “Think,” a program on Dallas’ KERA radio, on lessons learned from the …