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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 …

CSIS – The Kremlin Playbook 2 – The Enablers – March 11th

Schieffer Series: The Kremlin Playbook 2: The Enablershttps://www.csis.org/events/schieffer-series-kremlin-playbook-2-enablers A discussion with Heather Conley,  Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program, CSIS Juan Zarate,  Senior Adviser, Transnational Threats Project and Human Rights Initiative, CSIS Moderated by Bob Schieffer, CSIS Trustee Monday, March 11, 2019 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Center …

NYT-Russian General Pitches ‘Information’ Operations as a Form of War

Andrew Kramer, March 2nd, 2019, New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/world/europe/russia-hybrid-war-gerasimov.html MOSCOW — The chief of Russia’s armed forces endorsed on Saturday the kind of tactics used by his country to intervene abroad, repeating a philosophy of so-called hybrid war that has earned him notoriety in the West, especially among American officials who have accused Russia of …

Active Measures #26 – 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 for this week:  How a Private Israeli Intelligence Firm Spied on Pro-Palestinian Activists in the U.S. | Adam Entous | The New Yorker Malicious Use of Social Media: Case Studies From BBC Monitoring …

How To Not Fall For Viral Scares

Emily Dreyfuss, Culture section, WiredFebruary 28th, 2019 https://www.wired.com/story/momo-hoax-viral-scares-advice/ Who knows what the kids are doing online, right? They’ve got their TikToks and their Snapchats and their flop Instagram accounts, while parents are still posting on Facebook and Twitter. The disconnect between how the olds and their children use the internet leads to parental anxiety, and …

Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending February 26TH, 2019

Cyber Command Operation Took Down Russian Troll Farm for Midterm Elections Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, February 26th, 2019 The American military took down a Russian troll farm last Election Day in a cyberattack that continued for several days after the vote, part of what United States officials have said is a persistent campaign …