Inside the Russian effort to target Sanders supporters — and help elect Trump
Michael Kranish, Washington Post, April 12th, 2019
After Bernie Sanders lost his presidential primary race against Hillary Clinton in 2016, a Twitter account called Red Louisiana News reached out to his supporters to help sway the general election. “Conscious Bernie Sanders supporters already moving towards the best candidate Trump! #Feel the Bern #Vote Trump 2016,” the account tweeted.
Spain vows to boost cybersecurity, fight disinformation
Aritz Parra, Associated Press in the Washington Post, April 9th, 2019
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Tuesday called on all political forces in the country to back a new national cybersecurity fight against “attempts to hack democracy and undermine citizens’ trust in the political system.”
State Department to take a step into the digital age in effort to counter disinformation
Carol Morello, Washington Post, April 12th, 2019
The State Department has never been known for its communications savvy or deployment of cutting-edge technology in the service of diplomacy.
Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information
Barbara Ortutay and Rachel Lerman, Associated Press in the Washington Post, April 10th, 2019
Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site — stepping up the company’s fight against misinformation and hate speech as it faces growing outside pressure.
Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content
Danica Kirka and Kelvin Chan, Associated Press in the Washington Post, April 8th, 2019
Tech giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist propaganda and child porn.
In Kabul, Moscow has a new cultural center on the site of its Soviet predecessor
Amie Ferris-Rotman, Washington Post, April 15th, 2019
The Kremlin has opened a flashy new cultural hub in the Afghan capital. Again.