Tagged: misinformation

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Preparing for Attacks on the 2020 Election

Recorded Future‘s Cyber Threat Analysis, Russian-Related Threats to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, evaluates the likelihood of an attack on the 2020 election. The report looks at previously documented tactics, techniques, and procedures used by conspiracy groups and anti-government groups to interfere in the 2016 and 2018 elections, which include...

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COVID-19: U.S. Response and Public Health Laws

Public Health Law Watch, an initiative of the George Consortium, has released an in-depth evaluation of public health law in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic titled Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19 in which 50 top national experts offer their assessment of the U.S. policy response to the crisis. The experts question...

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Fighting Coronavirus Mis/Disinformation Online

The Center for American Progress (CAP) issued a report on online disinformation and misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic. Titled “Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation: Preventive Product Recommendations for Social Media Platforms,” the report examines the emerging threat of false or misleading online information to public health. Furthermore, as argued by...

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In Focus: COVID Conspiracies

New In Focus now available on COVID Conspiracies. A collection of reports focused on the COVID-19-related conspiracy theory beliefs and the implications and negative consequences they can have on recovery. According to the Conspiracy Theory Handbook, conspiracy theories “tend to persist for a long time even when there is no decisive...

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Conspiracy Theory Trends: QAnon

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has released Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory: Key Trends in QAnon Activity Since 2017, a report analyzing the QAnon conspiracy, including a rise in activity amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the report, this conspiracy theory “claims that an elite group of child-trafficking paedophiles have...

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Balancing Human Rights and Misinformation Amid COVID-19

Access Now has recently released Fighting Misinformation and Defending Free Expression During COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]: Recommendations for States, a report aimed at guiding governments through combating misinformation while adhering to human rights policies. The main issue is that many policies enacted to limit misinformation may also infringe on a...

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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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Deep Fake Dangers: More than Misinformation

In the April 2020 Australian Strategic Policy Institute policy brief, Weaponised Deep Fakes: National Security and Democracy, analysts Hannah Smith and Katherine Mansted demonstrate just how far deep fake technology has come, and how realistic and easily-created misinformation is, by opening with a foreword written by a deep learning algorithm. The...

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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...