Author: Vincent Milano

Magnifying glass investigates conspiracy theories.

Recent Focus on QAnon

Months after the January 6, 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, the QAnon conspiracy theory continues to gain traction in the U.S., and pose potential threats to American democracy and public safety. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational...

Automation and artificial intelligence system.

Disinformation Automation

Effective disinformation campaigns can create doubt, spread false narratives, and even call others to action, but these campaigns have strictly been a human-only endeavor. In Truth, Lies, and Automation: How Language Models Could Change Disinformation, researchers at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology explore if artificial intelligence and automation...

Globe with worldwide cyber threats

2021 Annual Threat Assessment Released

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has just released their Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for 2021. This annual report focuses on the worldwide threats to U.S. national security for the upcoming year, and specifically “provides the IC’s [Intelligence Community] baseline assessments of the most...

U.S. Capitol Riot with extremists and white supremacists.

Examining Military Experience Among the Capitol Hill Siege Participants

The Program on Extremism along with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point have just released ‘This is War’: Examining Military Experience Among the Capitol Hill Siege Participants. This study “uses federal court documents to examine the prevalence, demographics, and characteristics of individuals with military experience who were charged for...

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol Security Review

In the wake of the January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré to lead a six week review to evaluate Capitol security. The assessment, Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review, specifically “review[s] and provide[s] recommendations in the...

Magnifying glass investigates conspiracy theories.

Countering QAnon: Understanding the Role of Human Trafficking in the Disinformation-Extremist Nexus

In the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, it was found that many of the rioters were supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational ring of Satan-worshiping pedophiles engaging...

Reading disinformation about COVID-19

Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race

In a recently released report from the DFRLab of the Atlantic Council of the United States, researchers analyzed the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disinformation being spread about the disease. Titled Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race, the study “focuses...