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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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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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Beyond “Ban” or “No-Ban”: Responding to Online Extremism

The Henry Jackson Society’s Centre on Radicalisation & Terrorism has released a report exploring freedom of speech, online extremist content, and regulation by technology companies. The report emphasizes the balancing act of respecting civil liberties, while simultaneously acknowledging the need to police online content in the interest of public safety....

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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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E-Book Urges U.S. to Address Hostile Social Manipulation

The e-book, Hostile Social Manipulation: Present Realities and Emerging Trends, from the RAND Corporation’s Research Report Series, examines the complicated relationship between modern democracies and the real and potential effects of cyber manipulation on their constituents. Focusing specifically on the two most pressing and prominent threats, China and Russia, the report...

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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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“Fishwrap”: Watch Out for This Cyber Threat on Social Media

Recorded Future has published their latest research, titled “The Discovery of Fishwrap: A New Social Media Information Operation Methodology“. In the report, author Staffan Truvé discusses Recorded Future’s foray into the detection and analysis of influence operations, both by nation states and other actors. As established by RAND Corporation, influence...

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FBI Internet Crime Report Released for 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Complaint Center (IC3) released its annual report on internet crimes in its 2018 Internet Crime Report. A total of 351,936 complaints of internet crime were submitted to the FBI IC3 in 2018, resulting in monetary losses exceeding $2.7 billion. The most common crimes...