Tagged: disinformation

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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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Information Operations: An Evidence-Based Approach

The role of hostile information campaigns is becoming increasingly apparent in most contemporary events. In particular, a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research on social media use during the US elections and UK Brexit suggests that information diffusion can amplify public’s sentiments, thus contributing to the voter...

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Disinfodemic: Sources and Targets of COVID-19 Disinformation

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to dominate global news sources, it is becoming clear that a parallel pandemic of mis- and disinformation has begun to erode public understanding of the crisis. In addressing this growing threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) described the disinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as...

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Concerns in U.S. Policy for Addressing Propaganda and Disinformation

In a policy paper released by the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, Dr. Haroro J. Ingram argues that the propaganda and disinformation threats of state and non-state actors “threaten not only the stability and security of nations but democracy itself.” Titled Persuade or Perish: Addressing Gaps in the U.S....

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Legal Aspects of Social Media Extremism

The Program on Extremism at the George Washington University (GW) released additional papers on Online Violent Extremism as a part of the Legal Perspectives on Tech Series, commissioned in conjunction with the Congressional Counterterrorism Caucus. According to GW, the Program “provides analysis on issues related to violent and non-violent extremism.”...

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Chinese Disinformation Campaign Against the Hong Kong Protests

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has released a new report analyzing the Chinese Government’s social media campaign against the recent Hong Kong protests.  Titled Tweeting Through the Great Firewall: Preliminary Analysis of PRC-linked Information Operations on the Hong Kong Protests, the study analyzes roughly 3.6 million tweets from over 900...

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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...