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US to alert public to foreign efforts to undermine American politics

“Rosenstein cautioned that the department’s ability to disclose foreign operations could be hampered by concerns about protecting intelligence sources and methods” writes Kevin Lamarque for cnbc.com. The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday a policy to alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia’s alleged hacking and disinformation campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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What Europe Can Teach America About Russian Disinformation

“Meanwhile, governments in northeast Europe were ramping up their own efforts to resist disinformation” writes Jed Willard for theatlantic.com. In 2014, United States officials encountered a new form of Kremlin disinformation in Ukraine.Earlier this year, I met with officials from eight countries bordering the Baltic to talk about disinformation.Two years later, disinformation campaigns using very similar tactics targeted the U.S. electorate in the run-up to the 2016 vote, spreading so-called “fake news” and encouraging divisiveness in an effort to influence the election and American democracy itself. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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European spy chiefs warn of threats to democracy coming from Russia, IS

“European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. BERLIN (AP) — European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage.Parker said the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury was swiftly followed by Russian attempts to divert blame.Maassen, his German counterpart, said the Brexit referendum likely prompted spy chief in some…

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Platform says Russia used it for fake news during 2016 election

“The blogging platform Tumblr has unmasked 84 accounts that it says were used by a shadowy Russian internet group to spread disinformation during the 2016 US election campaign” writes Agence France-presse for theguardian.com. A Tumblr statement said it discovered the accounts “were being used as part of a disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 US election”.Tumblr said it is now free to disclose what happened, and unveiled steps to protect the platform against further disinformation campaigns.The announcement adds Tumblr to the list of internet platforms targeted in a social…

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Tumblr is finally cracking down on fake news

“The company claims that, last fall, it uncovered 84 Tumblr accounts linked the Russia-linked Internet Research Agency, which took part in fake news and ad campaigns leading up to the 2016 election” writes Monica Chin for mashable.com. Tumblr also says it is committed to terminating accounts in the future if it finds them to be affiliated with “disinformation campaigns,” and alerting law enforcement of their identities. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Report calls for algorithmic transparency and education to fight fake news

“A report commissioned by European lawmakers has called for more transparency from online platforms to help combat the spread of false information online” writes Hours Ago Darrell for techcrunch.com. The report’s push for a degree of algorithmic accountability by calling for a little disinfecting transparency from tech platforms is perhaps its most interesting and edgy aspect.So there seem to be some pretty clear trust risks, at least, for tech platforms becoming synonymous with online disinformation.The presence of powerful tech platforms in the Commission’s advisor body on this issue may explain…

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Italy Scrambles to Fight Misinformation Ahead of Its Elections

“But in the sense of targeted disinformation designed to influence elections, the issue is particularly urgent in Italy, where a national election is a little over a week away” writes Yasmeen Serhan for theatlantic.com. And last month, the Italian government unveiled a new online portal that allows people to report false reports they see online. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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After Florida shooting, Russian bots pounce to divide

“The indictment also described how fraudulent Russian accounts on Twitter tried to push real Americans into action” writes Sheera Frenkel for seattletimes.com. The researchers zeroed in on Twitter accounts posting information that was in step with material coming from well-known Russian propaganda outlets.And the messages from these automated accounts, or bots, were designed to widen the divide and make compromise even more difficult.Any news event — no matter how tragic — has become fodder to spread inflammatory messages in what is believed to be a far-reaching Russian disinformation campaign. Source: seattletimes.com…

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Indictment reveals how Russia’s Internet Research Agency used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians as well as the shadowy Internet Research Agency on Friday with using social media accounts and other online techniques to sow disinformation and discord in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election” writes Tom Krazit for geekwire.com. It also alleges that the defendants set up fraudulent accounts with PayPal in order to pay for some of its advertising efforts as well as its equipment purchases. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to give the matter his full attention this year, as…

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American Elections Remain Unprotected

“None of these attacks, however, constitute a definitive Russian disinformation playbook” writes Reid Standish for theatlantic.com. Facing a criminal probe into possible ties between his campaign and the Kremlin, Trump has tried to discredit the case that Russian election interference poses an ongoing national-security risk.Looking ahead to America’s 2018 midterm elections, state and federal lawmakers face a rapidly closing window to better secure their voting systems. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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