Tagged: China

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Countering Disinformation in the U.S.

The U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released Countering Disinformation in the United States, a report detailing the current information ecosystem in the United States. This report addressed two main concerns, foreign influences and public awareness. Foreign influencers, like Russia, China, and Iran, “conduct operations to spread both disinformation and misinformation...

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Analyzing News Manipulation by State Actors

In a recently released report, Bad Actors in News Reporting: Tracking News Manipulation by State Actors, RAND Corporation details national government’s efforts to manipulate COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic information to further their own global agendas. The report found that all nations analyzed, which included China, the U.S., the U.K.,...

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Updated Assessment on COVID-19 Origins

The President of the United States has requested that the Intelligence Community (IC) update their “previous judgments” on the origins of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. According to this assessment, “All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident.” The IC states...

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WHO: A Study of SARS-CoV-2 Origins in China

In WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part released by the World Health Organization (WHO), SARS-CoV-2 surveillance data and virus cases reported in China are analyzed as far back as late 2019. Specifically, surveillance of morbidity due to pneumonia in and around Wuhan. Molecular sequence data suggests the...

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TikTok and WeChat: Curating and Controlling Global Information Flow

TikTok and WeChat, two social media platforms run by Chinese companies, are using censorship and heavy content moderation to help further the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) agenda worldwide according to a new report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Titled TikTok and WeChat: Curating and Controlling Global Information Flow,...

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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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Social Media Crisis: New Report on Dwindling Global Internet Freedom

“What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation.” Published by Freedom House, “Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media” reveals that 2019 represents the ninth consecutive year in which global internet freedom has declined. The unregulated spaces of social media...

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Inaugural Indo-Pacific Strategy Report Released

The U.S. Department of Defense released its inaugural 2019 Indo-Pacific Strategy Report: Preparedness, Partnerships, and Promoting a Networked Region, highlighting the importance of the Indo-Pacific region in American politics, economics, and homeland security. The U.S. has five Pacific states that include Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and four territories...

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Democracy Facing the Challenge of Disinformation

A new report from Freedom House—Freedom on the Net 2018: The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism—raises concerns that excessive fake news is resulting in a general trend toward decreased internet freedom. Disinformation and propaganda has the potential to incite violence and undermine democracy, but it is frequently used purposefully to compel...