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Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending May 7th, 2019

U.S. Cyber Command Bolsters Allied Defenses to Impose Cost on Moscow Julian Barnes, May 7th 2019, New York Times American officials are pushing ahead on efforts with allied nations to counter Russia’s interference in democratic elections and other malign activities, military cybercommanders said on Tuesday, an effort intended to allow the United States to better …

The Army looks to build up its cyber arsenal

Mark Pomerleau, May 6th 2019, Fifthdomain.com https://www.fifthdomain.com/dod/army/2019/05/06/the-army-looks-to-build-up-its-cyber-arsenal/ The Army is building a new tactical cyber force and it’s going to need an arsenal. Immediately stocking one is another story, however, because “offensive cyber” tools are currently developed and owned by U.S. Cyber Command for the joint mission, so the Army is working on how to …

New report explains how China thinks about information warfare

Mark Pomerleau, May 3rd 2019, www.csirnet.com https://www.c4isrnet.com/c2-comms/2019/05/03/new-report-explains-how-china-thinks-about-information-warfare/ The Department of Defense’s annual report on China’s military and security developments provides new details about how China’s military organizes its information warfare enterprise, an area that has been of particular interest to U.S. military leaders. In 2015, the People’s Liberation Army created the Strategic Support Force, which …

Inside Facebook’s war room: the battle to protect EU elections

Emma Graham-Harrison, May 5th, 2019, The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/05/facebook-admits-huge-scale-of-fake-news-and-election-interference Less than three years ago, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his platform could have influenced the election of Donald Trump as US president. Today the company admits it is under siege from billions of fake accounts trying to game …

Dispatch (May 6th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Our Take Russia’s use of energy to finance malign interference: ASD, in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), published The Energy Weapon, the second in a series on vectors of Russian malign influence, which explores how Russia uses energy to interfere in the politics of customer countries. Through energy delivery intermediaries in …

Active Measures #35 – Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Mueller Report Mueller Report: Trump Dismisses “Russian Hoax” in Call with Putin | The Guardian Collusion or Russian Disinformation? | David Satter | Wall Street Journal Russian Disinformation Near and Far Russia Denies U.S. Claim it Told Venezuela’s Maduro not to Flee | Andrew Osborn | Reuters Ukraine Made a Comedian Its President. Here’s What …

Pushing on an Open Door: Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans

Download the full working paper or read the executive summary. The National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies is pleased to announce the release of a new working paper, “Pushing on an Open Door: Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans,” authored by Kurt Bassuener. Nearly two decades after the cessation of violent …

Beyond the Ballot – How the Kremlin Works to Undermine the U.S. Justice System

Suzanne Spaulding, Devi Nair, and Arthur Nelson, Center for Strategic and International Studies https://www.csis.org/analysis/beyond-ballot-how-kremlin-works-undermine-us-justice-system Read the report here. The U.S. justice system is under attack as part of a long-term Russian effort to undermine the appeal of democracy and weaken the West. Via multi-platform disinformation operations, Kremlin-backed operatives work to exacerbate existent divisions within populations …

The changing landscape of disinformation and cybersecurity threats: A recap from Verify 2019

Monica Ruiz, May 2nd 2019, William + Flora Hewlett Foundationhttps://hewlett.org/the-changing-landscape-of-disinformation-and-cybersecurity-threats-a-recap-from-verify-2019/ In 2007, cyber threats weren’t even mentioned in the intelligence community’s list of worldwide threats to U.S. national security; this year, cyber is the top threat—for the seventh year in a row. But while the scope and scale of the threat is growing, and affecting …

Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending April 30th, 2019

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues Mike Isaac and Cecilia Kang, April 24th 2019, New York Times Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the …