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"There is an old proverb that says the truth is the best advertising, propaganda and public relations tool. Fact-supported truth is a powerful narrative. Unfortunately, the truth can be hidden,...

Mr. Pomerantsev argues that until we manage to adapt to this new information and media reality—for there is no going back!—and develop strategies to regulate and/or otherwise constrain its worst...

“Deepfakes are one of the newest forms of digital media manipulation, and one of the most obviously mischief-prone. It’s not hard to imagine this technology’s being used to smear politicians,...

Weaponized narrative is often understood as an attack on an adversary’s institutions and culture, but it can be much more direct. This article discusses the use of weaponized narrative against...

"In mid-2016, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm. A few weeks before the 2016 election, he...

"The past year has also altered Facebook’s fundamental understanding about whether it’s a publisher or a platform. The company has always answered that question defiantly—platform, platform,...

Illustrates the continuing role of Russian online disinformation attacks on the American political system.

"After the success of the viral #ReleaseTheMemo campaign, Russian-influenced Twitter accounts are test-running other hashtags designed to stoke anger, particularly among supporters of President...

Weaponized narrative and its cousins, memes and metaphors, often provoke outraged responses. But research shows these reflexive responses can backfire. People need to be wary of how they react,...

Brookings' focus may not be on weaponized narrative in this piece, but the report highlights the importance of a deeper understanding in civics education as a crucial component for national...

The key notion is that creating chaos undermines legitimacy based on values, facts, or any external factor in an attempt to force the populace into a cynical view of all information, basing trust...

"After Trump took office, Russia’s army of trolls began to shift their focus within the United States, according to U.S. intelligence reports. Instead of spreading messages to bolster Trump, they...

"The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as...

"Domestic and international companies are being paid to identify American voters in real time, and expose them to highly tailored messages at specific times, specific places, and while certain...

"All countries seek influence abroad, pursue soft power and spread propaganda. But the Chinese combination of technology, coercion, pressure, exclusion and economic incentives is beyond anything...

"The tech industry can’t hide from the information war, particularly when its own creations are being weaponized," writes Tekla Perry. There are remarkable levels of agreement on statements that...

"The new information goes far beyond what the companies have revealed in the past and underline the breadth of the Kremlin’s efforts to lever open divisions in the United States using American...

"While Kremlin-aligned agents secretly built fake Facebook groups to foment political division and deployed hordes of Twitter bots to stoke criticism of Hillary Clinton, RT worked out in the open...

Explores in granular detail how online bots are operationalized by Russia for information operations and weaponized narrative attacks through a host of social media platforms.

Television is the main communication medium in Russia, and thus tracking and analyzing the programs the government allows and encourages offers a valuable window into how the Putin government...

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