Open Hearing on Foreign Influence Operations' Use of Social Media Platforms (Third Party Expert Witnesses), Hearing Before the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, August 1, 2018 [open pdf - 10MB]
This is the August 1, 2018 hearing on "Open Hearing on Foreign Influence Operations' Use of Social Media Platforms (Third Party Expert Witnesses)," held before the United States Senate Committee on Intelligence. From the opening statement of Richard Burr: "We're here to discuss a threat to the Nation that this Committee takes every bit as seriously as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, espionage and regional instability. Today we're talking about how social media platforms have enabled foreign influence operations against the United States. Every member of this Committee and the American people understand what an attack on the integrity of our electoral process means. Election interference from abroad represents an intolerable assault on the democratic foundation this republic was built on. The Committee, in a bipartisan fashion, has addressed this issue head on. In May, we released the initial findings of our investigation into Russia's targeting of election infrastructure during the 2016 election. Today's hearing is an extension of that effort. But in some ways it highlights something far more sinister, the use of our own rights and freedoms to weaken our country from within. It's also important that the American people know that these activities neither began nor ended with the 2016 election. As you can see on the one graph on display to my left, your right, the Kremlin began testing this capability on their domestic population several years ago, before using it against their foes in the Near Abroad and on the United States and Western democracies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Todd Helmus, Renee DiResta, John Kelly, Laura Rosenberger, and Philip Howard.
S. Hrg. 115-397, Senate Hearing 115-397
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