Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the New York Times.
Fake News as ‘Moral Imperative’? Democrats’ Alabama Move Hints at Ugly 2020
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, January 13th, 2019
The Russian media was having way too much fun last week. They were downright gleeful over new reports that a group of Democrats had used online disinformation in the campaign against Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama in 2017.
Fearing Russian Influence, Estonia Turns to the Arts
Carmen Gray, New York Times, January 11th, 2019
The conversion of factories into cultural venues rarely raises eyebrows these days, but the Kreenholm complex here is not just any relic of industry. Once the world’s largest cotton mill and a poster child of Soviet might, it stands on an island in the river that now makes up the European Union’s eastern border. Russia is just a stone’s throw away, leaving Narva — where nearly 90 percent of the population is ethnic Russian — caught between two worlds.
Older People Shared Fake News on Facebook More Than Others in 2016 Race, Study Says
Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, January 10th, 2019
When it came to sharing fake news on Facebook during the 2016 election, no age group was quite as active as those aged 65 and older, according to a new study.
Doug Jones Seeks Inquiry Into Misinformation Efforts in Alabama Senate Race
Alan Blinder, New York Times, January 9th, 2019
Senator Doug Jones, the Democrat who was an unwitting beneficiary of misinformation tactics during a special election in Alabama in 2017, asked the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to investigate the episodes.
Israel Says It Can Foil Foreign Election Meddling Amid Scare
The Associated Press in the New York Times, January 9th, 2019
Israel’s internal security service said Wednesday it was prepared to thwart any foreign intervention in the upcoming elections, after its director warned such efforts were being made by a world power, with suspicions falling on Russia.
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