Tagged: conspiracy theories

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Assessing Truth: A RAND Study of Human Cognitive Processing

RAND Corporation has released Individual Differences in Resistance to Truth Decay: Exploring the Role of Reasoning and Cognitive Biases, a report stemming from RAND’s Initiative, “Countering Truth Decay.” The term “Truth Decay” is defined as, a societal phenomenon indicated by four key sociocultural trends: heightened disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations...

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National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released their most recent National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, published on February 7, 2022.  This bulletin, set to expire on June 7, 2022, summarizes current terrorist threats that are being monitored and for which our nation is currently most at risk.  The current following...

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The Conspiracy Consortium: COVID-19 and Right-Wing Extremism

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), founded in 2006, investigates and responds to the rise of polarization and extremism around the world. This paper focuses on the development of conspiracy theories, misinformation, and the resulting violent consequences of these threats, with concentrated focus on the role that right-wing extremism plays...

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Behavioral and Social Science Responses to COVID-19

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the self-described “UK’s hub for behavioural and social science research into security threats,” has released the latest issue of their quarterly CREST Security Review magazine. This Autumn 2021 issue, titled COVID-19: Behavioural and Social Science Responses to the Pandemic, highlights...

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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...

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Superspreaders of Malign and Subersive COVID-19 Information in U.S.: Russian and Chinese Efforts

RAND has released Superspreaders of Malign and Subversive Information on COVID-19: Russian and Chinese Efforts Targeting the United States. This report describes COVID-19 information manipulation by Russia and China targeting U.S. audiences for the first half of 2020. Although the two countries differ in their principal goals; Russia aiming to...

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Amazon’s Dissemination of Conspiracy Theories and Extremist Literature

The  Institute for Strategic Dialogue has released Recommended Reading: Amazon’s Algorithms, Conspiracy Theories and Extremist Literature, a report examining how Amazon’s algorithm can spread disinformation and extremist ideology via literature recommendations. Aside from continuously suggesting more literature based on previously read extremist or misleading content, Amazon also outright suggests such...

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Domestic Terrorism Threat: Analyzing the Q Conspiracy

The Soufan Center has released Quantifying the Q Conspiracy: ‘A Data-Driven Approach to Understanding the Threat Posed by QAnon,’ a special report demonstrating QAnon’s potential to threaten national security and  encourage domestic violence. At the core of this organization is the belief that  “the ‘Deep State,’ led by a cabal...

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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...