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David Ignatius has a review up of a new book on Russian Active Measures.  An excerpt: When Russian intelligence officers plotted their campaign to destabilize American politics in 2016, they had nearly a century of experience in covert manipulation to draw upon. The Internet had given the Russians new tools for this mischief. But their...
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EEAS SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Short Assessment of Narratives and Disinformation around the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic (Updated 2 – 22 April) Update:  The European Values Center for Security Policy highlighted the assertions by the NY Times that this report has been “watered down” to appease China – see the article here. A Summary of an EU report...
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The Voice of America and U.S. Public Diplomacy By Michael Williams Those with an interest in US government information efforts abroad will at least have heard of the Voice of America and anyone that has held a position in government that touches on an information programs aimed at foreign audiences has likely known of its...
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Editor’s Note:  Whether the assertion is true or not, we have to recognize that human biases make open western democracies very easy targets for the spread of dis- or mis-information.  Why do it?  I was lucky to have been introduced to a book called Unrestricted Warfare written by two PLA Colonels in 2000.  Since then,...
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Editor’s Note:  Requiring those with large numbers of social media followers to have some training on mis- and dis-information?  A proposal in the below paper fleshes out this idea.  If you have another idea, Carnegie is asking for papers which you can read about here. A proposal in a paper written for the Carnegie Endowment...
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Join AFCEA and IPA leaders May 5 to discuss Information Dominance: On Tuesday May 5th at 1100 Central (1200 Eastern), AFCEA Alamo Chapter is hosting IPA thought leaders in an Information Warfare Virtual Panel featuring Information Professionals Association thought leaders: “Information Dominance: Why the US must evolve to compete and win in a challenged Information...
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Ed. note – The Cyberspace Solarium Commission published it’s report several days ago but I’ve neither had time to read the whole thing and what I’ve read didn’t really elicit much new thinking for me.  However, a writer at Fifth Domain was able to cut through the clutter: In this environment, it’s imperative that we...
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UN announces initiative to combat coronavirus misinformation The United Nations secretary general said the world is not only fighting the coronavirus pandemic, but also a “dangerous epidemic of misinformation.” By Joseph Guzman Story at a glance The U.N. secretary general said “wild” coronavirus conspiracy theories are “infecting the internet.” The United Nations Communications Response initiative...
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From the Active Measures Newsletter produced by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  Sign up for their newsletter here. Here are the top stories we’ve seen this week: Coronavirus Battling COVID-19, is DOD Prepared for an Onslaught of Disinformation and Propaganda from Foreign Competitors? | Matthew Coughlin & Paul Lieber | Military Times COVID-19:...
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Ed. note – As we’ve pointed out many, many times there is no mechanism in our government to coordinate this effort which cannot be led by DoD.  Of course, we’ll continue to discuss it…… From SOF News: Head Shots, Body Shots, or Lead with an Influence Strategy By Ajit Maan. In an insightful recent article...
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