Author: Emily Bruza

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The Thin Line Between Real and Deep Fake

In a new study from the Counter Extremism Project, Drs. Hany Farid and Hans-Jakob Schindler tackle the issue of deep fakes, defined in the report as “videos manipulated by artificial intelligence (AI) misused for political manipulation.” The alteration of photos and videos can be simplistic, or sophisticated, but both can have...

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A Different Kind of Infektion

Graphika‘s latest report, Secondary Infektion, is named after a sophisticated Russian disinformation operation that specializes in drumming up discord between Russia and their perceived enemies and critics. The organization’s negative effects span dozens of countries, in seven different languages, and across more than 300 web-based platforms. While the ramifications are many,...

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Active Shooter Incidents – 2019

The US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released the fifth annual report in a series of documented active shooter incidents. This report, Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019, outlines the 28 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States in...

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American Extremism: White Supremacists

The Counter Extremism Project‘s (CEP) report on White Supremacy Groups in the United States is an expansive list of the different types of racial elitist groups operating in the U.S. since the inception of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1865. The report identifies 199 known white supremacist groups, separated...

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CIDRAP: “Smart Testing” Needed to Combat COVID-19

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota has released their third Viewpoint Report, Smart Testing for COVID-19 Virus and Antibodies, covering the framework for testing target populations for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CIDRAP acknowledges the complexities and opportunities for error in the rushed development...

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Deep Fake Dangers: More than Misinformation

In the April 2020 Australian Strategic Policy Institute policy brief, Weaponised Deep Fakes: National Security and Democracy, analysts Hannah Smith and Katherine Mansted demonstrate just how far deep fake technology has come, and how realistic and easily-created misinformation is, by opening with a foreword written by a deep learning algorithm. The...

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Stemming the Flow of Narcotics at the US-Canada Border

In mid-February, the Executive Office of the President and the Office of National Drug Control Policy released the 2020 Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy. The 2020 Strategy addresses the issue of smuggling drugs across the United States-Canada border. The Strategy identifies different types of illegal drugs being brought into the United...

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Global Human Rights and The China Problem

The Human Rights Watch has released its World Report 2020, which is the organization’s annual review of global human rights practices. The report opens with a keynote essay by Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, titled “China’s Global Threat to Human Rights.” Roth claims that “China’s government sees...

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Impeachment Inquiry Released, Proceedings Advance to Judiciary Committee

The anticipated Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report has been released by the Democratic Party. The inquiry, led by Adam B. Schiff, Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, finds that President Trump not only violated the office of the President of the United States by seeking foreign intervention in an election...

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FEMA: “Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse”

FEMA‘s disaster preparedness site, Ready.gov, has released an urgent PSA about an impending threat at the end of October. Experts and terrorism professionals confirm that the group (which has possible Greek and Haitian origins) plans to take advantage of a loophole in the space-time continuum, which will allow previously-deceased citizens...