Tagged: disinformation

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How to Fight Against Information Manipulation

After observing several attempts to undermine the integrity of election-related information for democracies around the world, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and the Stanford Internet Observatory came together to create a document intended to help societies push back against information manipulation. This playbook, entitled Combating Information Manipulation:...

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Dr. Stockton on ‘Defeating Coercive Information Operations in Future Crises’

Dr. Paul Stockton’s latest report for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), “Defeating Coercive Information Operations in Future Crises,” provides an assessment of U.S. vulnerabilities to Chinese and Russian coercive Information Operations (IO) and proposes options for defeating and deterring attacks.   For thousands of years, combatants have spread...

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Resilience Against Disinformation

Whether it’s the spread of “fake news,” the emergence of deepfake technology, or foreign actors on social media, the existence of mis- and disinformation is very prevalent in our lives today. To warn of the dangers of mis- and disinformation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has created a new...

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International Survey of Coronavirus News

Since early 2020, news and media have played an especially important role in providing ongoing information about the coronavirus pandemic. News reporters and journalists have done their best to provide credible, trustworthy, and data-driven information which people have been able to use to protect themselves, their families, and communities. Conversely,...

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Facebook’s IO Threat Report

According to Facebook’s recent Threat Report on the State of Influence Operations (IO), from 2017 through mid 2021, they took down at least 150 covert influence operations for violations against their Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) policies.  These “coordinated efforts to manipulate or corrupt public debate for a strategic goal” originated...

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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...

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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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The Domestic Extremist Next Door

How have digital media platforms contributed to anti-government rhetoric?  Digital Citizens Alliance and Coalition for a Safer Web teamed up to answer this question in their report, “The Domestic Extremist Next Door.”  The report analyzes some of the most popular social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok) and...

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National Strategy Needed to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released National Priorities to Combat Misinformation and Disinformation for COVID-19 and Future Public Health Threats: A Call for a National Strategy. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a dangerous influence of health-related misinformation and disinformation. The abundance of access-enabling technology such as social...

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Origins of Institutional Distrust and COVID Vaccine Disinformation

In their report, A Contagion of Institutional Distrust: Viral Disinformation of the COVID Vaccine and the Road to Reconciliation, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), along with Rutgers University, delves into mapping out where disinformation originates and why there is distrust about the COVID-19 Vaccine and coinciding health policy mandates...