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Russian Disinformation Targeted Ukraine before 2016

Russian disinformation on Facebook targeted Ukraine well before the 2016 U.S. election Dana Priest, James Jacoby, Anya Bourg, October 28, 2018, Washington Post Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, center, and foreign guests march in downtown Kiev on Feb. 22, 2015, around the time Poroshenko’s government had been urging Facebook to stop the Kremlin’s spreading of misinformation. …

Dispatch (October 29th) From the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Dispatch from the Alliance for Securing Democracy News and Commentary U.S. conducts cyber operation to protect the midterms: United States Cyber Command is “targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation” in the “first known overseas cyber operation to protect American elections.” State and federal officials are also preparing for the …

Active Measures #9 -Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Active Measures #9 – A Newsletter of Political Warfare, Influence, and Information Campaigns Here are the top stories we’ve seen this week: 1. Floor Statement on Russian Hybrid Warfare: Dirty Active Measures | Senator Jack Reed | U.S. Senate 2. Kremlin Operative Leads New DC Based News Site that Claims Russia Didn’t Meddle in 2016 …

Defending Against Russia’s Disinformation War

Defending Against Russia’s Disinformation War Nina Jankowicz is interviewed by John Milewski at Wilson Center’s NOW. The great conversation is summarized. Highlights: The West needs to start investing in longer-term solutions like civics courses, critical thinking, media literacy – generational changes to invest in now. This really speaks to the need to beef up critical thinking …

Chinese Influence in Australia and Beyond

A Conversation on Chinese Influence in Australia and Beyond The Center for Strategic and International Studies held an event to highlight Clive Hamilton’s new book, Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia on October 18, 2018.  Watch on YouTube or read a summary. Some items of note from a fascinating discussion: – The distinction:  influence is transparent …

Dispatch (October 23rd) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

This week’s Dispatch from the Alliance for Securing Democracy. News and Commentary Russian charged with information warfare against the United States tied to IRA’s Prigozhin: On October 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against Elena Khusyaynova, a Russian national, for “Conspiracy to defraud the United States.” Khusyaynova allegedly worked since 2014 as the …

Language of Inform, Influence and Persuade

The Language of Inform, Influence and Persuade Christopher Paul and Miriam Matthews, Rand Corporation, October 18, 2018 Words matter.  Many of the terms used to discuss assessment mean different things to different staff sections, offices, organizations, and individuals.  This leads to confusion, miscommunication, and even the appearance of agreement or disagreement when the opposite is …

Russian Propaganda: McCain’s a ‘geezer,’ Ryan’s an ‘absolute nobody’

McCain’s a ‘geezer,’ and Ryan’s an ‘absolute nobody’: Russia’s playbook for sounding American in Facebook propaganda – Craig Timberg, Tony Romm and Brian Fung, Washington Post, October 19, 2018 Russian disinformation operatives had a playbook on how to pass as politically active Americans as they secretly sought to manipulate U.S. voters. The late senator John McCain …

Justice Accuses Russians Midterm Election Interference

Justice Dept. Accuses Russians of Interfering in Midterm Elections Adam Goldman, New York Times, October 19, 2018 Russians working for a close ally of Putin engaged in an elaborate campaign of information warfare to interfere with the midterm elections, federal prosecutors said on Friday.  Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, was involved in an effort …