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Dispatch (January 7th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Dispatch from the Alliance for Securing Democracy Our Take On December 28th, ASD and partner C4ADS published a case study on the First Czech-Russian Bank, exposing how the private Russian bank became a key vector for Russian interference in Europe, exploiting campaign finance loopholes and other structural weaknesses in Western democracies to pursue Russian foreign …

Cognitive Security and the Atlantic Council’s Top Ten

Frederick Kempe of the Atlantic Council, highlights the Atlantic Council’s top ten for 2018. Cognitive security-related items include: #ElectionWatch – The Digital Forensic Research Lab’s partnership with Facebook on #ElectionWatch merits a spot on the top ten as a leading example of how the Council is deploying digital technologies to not only combat disinformation but also …

Active Measures #18 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Active Measures #18 – A Newsletter of Political Warfare, Influence, and Information Campaigns Here are the top stories seen this week: – Hackers Leak Personal Info of over 100 German Politicians: Report | Janosch Delcker | Politico.eu – RM Broadcasting Battles Justice Department over Demands to Register as Foreign Agent | Jeff Mordock | The Washington Times …

Information Warfare Requires Personalized Weaponry

Information Warfare Requires Personalized Weaponry by Rand Waltzman, January 1st, 2019, Signal Magazine, an AFCEA forum Up until the digital age, wars involved a limited number of combatants with clear identities battling within distinct boundaries visible on a map. These conflicts ended either with a victor or as a stalemate. But today’s information warfare does …

Russia targets, fosters, and weaponizes specific groups

Why Putin Targets Minorities CSIS’s Suzanne Spaulding, Devi Nair and Arthur Nelson’s commentary dives into the WHY or what larger strategic purpose was Russia pursuing by targeting individuals of these groups? For the past year and a half, the Defending Democratic Institutions Project has studied Russia’s information operations targeting the public’s faith in the judiciary …

Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending January 1st, 2019

Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the Washington Post. Disinformation campaign targeting Roy Moore’s Senate bid may have violated law, Alabama attorney general says Craig Timberg and Tony Romm, Washington Post, December 27th, 2018 Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday that his office is exploring whether disinformation tactics deployed against Republican Roy Moore during last …

Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending January 1st, 2019

Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the New York Times. LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race Scott Shane, New York Times, December 26th, 2018 Reid Hoffman, the tech billionaire whose money was spent on Russian-style social media deception in a Senate race last year, apologized on Wednesday, saying in a statement that he …

Government Responses to Malicious Use of Social Media

Government Responses to the Malicious Use of Social Media NATO’s Center of Excellence for Strategic Communication put forth several reports this month. Researchers from Oxford University worked on this report, Government Responses to the Malicious Use of Social Media which Click for the report There is no simple blueprint solution to tackling the multiple challenges …

Wired’s – We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data Louise Matskus, December 28, 2018, Wired It’s no secret that companies like Facebook and Google scoop up personal information to serve users ads. But if anything became clear this year, it’s that consumers have a lot more to learn about what happens to their …

Industry Responses to the Malicious Use of Social Media

Industry Responses to the Malicious Use of Social Media NATO’s Center of Excellence for Strategic Communication put forth several reports this month. Researchers from Oxford University worked on this report, Industry Responses to the Malicious Use of Social Media which Click for the report 2016 was a defining moment for social media platforms. The ongoing …