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Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending March 13th, 2019

Why propaganda is more dangerous in the digital age Albinko Hasic, Washington Post, March 12th, 2019 The techniques are the same, but now anyone can go viral. Russian trolls can be surprisingly subtle, and often fun to read Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, Washington Post, March 8th, 2019 On Sept. 10, 2018, @PoliteMelanie tweeted to …

The Kremlin Playbook 2

Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published the original, The Kremlin Playbook, in 2016 to much acclaim. Her following research effort, The Kremlin Playbook 2 was just released. The report will be approximately 125 pages and is forthcoming. Her executive summary is currently available online. Heather Conley’s Monday evening event (YouTube) …

Dispatch (March 11th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Our Take ASD Co-directors Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly spoke about how Russia, China, and other foreign governments deploy the asymmetric toolkit to subvert democracy with Will Inboden, executive director of the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin, for War on the Rocks’s Horns of a Dilemma podcast. Rosenberger and Fly …

Is It Time to Abandon the Term Information Operations?

Chris Paul, Strategy Bridge, March 11th, 2019 https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2019/3/11/is-it-time-to-abandon-the-term-information-operations The current groundswell of interest in and attention on information within the U.S. Department of Defense is unprecedented. Information has been elevated to the status of a joint function, joining the six traditional functions of command and control, intelligence, fires, movement and maneuver, protection, and sustainment. The …

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 …