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Dispatch (October 15th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

This week’s Dispatch from the Alliance for Securing Democracy. News and Commentary Platforms move against U.S. actors engaging in inauthentic social media behavior: Americans on both the left and the right have begun to mimic the Russian playbook by creating fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter to promote “falsehoods meant to mislead and inflame” in …

New Cold Front in Russia’s Information War

A New Cold Front in Russia’s Information War by Reid Standish, Dispatch – Foreign Policy Magazine, October 3, 2018 Russia may be interested in sowing distrust and divisions within its Nordic neighbor as shutting down any spying on its undersea activities.  Early in 2017, Frode Berg, a 62-year-old pensioner and former border guard from Norway, …

How to Fight Russian Infowar in Central Europe

How to Fight Russian Infowar in Central Europe Defense One, by Radu Magdin, October 12, 2018 Traditional counter-propaganda techniques are decreasingly effective. The next steps will require focus, engagement, and new thinking. After years of low awareness and fragmented approaches, the West is finally coming to grips with Russia’s hybrid warfare in Eastern Europe. The …

American Disinformation Online

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive New York Times, Sheera Frenkel, October 11th, 2018 Real-time spreading of disinformation started by Americans, for Americans Shift the flow of online disinformation to mislead and inflame Weeks before the midterm elections, influence campaigns are a domestic phenomenon fomented by Americans on the left and …

Dispatch (October 8th) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

This week’s Dispatch from the Alliance for Securing Democracy. News and Commentary Russian GRU officers attempted to hack organization investigating the Skripal poisoning: On October 4, the Netherlands announced that it expelled four Russian military intelligence directorate (GRU) officers in April for attempting to carry out a cyber-attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of …

Dispatch (October 1st) from the Alliance for Securing Democracy

This week’s Dispatch from the Alliance for Securing Democracy. News and Commentary Russian hacking group launches powerful new cyber weapon:  Fancy Bear, a hacking group linked to Russia’s military intelligence agency (GRU), has developed a powerful new cyber weapon that resists conventional counter-methods. The malware allows hackers to maintain access to a target even after a complete …

Facebook teams with NDI and IRI

Facebook’s Q&A – … two new partnerships we recently entered into. One is with the International Republican Institute and the other is with the National Democratic Institute. The goal is to draw on the expertise from these two organizations to further assist with our international election integrity efforts for elections around the globe. Reuter’s article – …

Digital Deceit: Transparency, Privacy and Competition

Digital Deceit II:  A Policy Agenda to Fight Disinformation on the Internet Digital Deceit:  A Policy Agenda to Fight Disinformation on the Internet by Dipayan Ghosh and Ben Scott, New America, September 24th, 2018The report develops a framework to address the digital threat to democracy and recommends a set of specific proposals. The crisis for …