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Armed Conflict

How both anti-Western and anti-Russian spin are used to (re)define ongoing armed conflicts on both sides

Foreign Proxies

Pro-Russian and pro-Western forces play out an ideological battle for influence across the globe

Information War

The escalation of digital age propaganda into an all-out war on truth

Traditional Values

Moscow has turned family values into a major soft power and foreign policy tool

Rewriting History

How The Kremlin Is Airbrushing Russia’s Past

News Briefs
14 March, 2019
EU Parliament Bloc Gives Hungary an Ultimatum: Stop Fake News

The dispute between the European Union’s most powerful political bloc and the Hungarian government could reach breaking point this week over Hungary’s incendiary information war against the European project. The European People’s Party, the EU Parliament’s largest faction, gave Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party an ultimatum: stop disseminating anti-EU propaganda, or face ejection

13 March, 2019
Spain Assembles Special Unit for Election Disinformation

Spain has announced a new special intelligence unit guard against possible cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns during several elections scheduled this spring. According to El Pais, a prominent daily newspaper in Spain, the responsibilities and duties of the unit are still being worked out among officials from the National Security Department and the government, but the

12 March, 2019
UK Disinformation Researcher Hacked by Russia

A Russian cyber-attack allegedly knocked a London-based organization tasked with fighting disinformation offline in the latest cyber-strike between Western countries and the Kremlin. British government sources say Russian military intelligence, the GRU, is likely behind the hack of the Institute for Statecraft in retaliation for Britain’s implication of the GRU in the Salisbury poisoning. If

8 March, 2019
Back to USSR: Russia Prohibits Govt Criticism Online

Russian President Vladimir Putin is one step closer to making it illegal to criticize or joke about his government online. A new law sailed through Russian parliament allowing courts to jail those who “disrespect” the government, state officials or the president, according to the Guardian. Under the new measure, which Putin is expected to sign

6 March, 2019
India Pakistan Disinformation War Boils Over Again

The online battle between India and Pakistan about the truth behind their recent surge of hostilities is boiling over again. On Tuesday, the Pakistan Navy posted a video to Facebook that claimed to show an Indian submarine entering Pakistani waters, saying “the Indian Navy has deviously deployed its submarines against Pakistan in line with Indian

5 March, 2019
Facebook Sues Chinese Firms Over Fake Accounts

Facebook and Instagram are suing a number of Chinese companies and individuals over the sale and promotion of fake accounts in what the American company says amount to deceptive practices and trademark infringements. Facebook named four Chinese companies in the lawsuit filed on Friday in U.S. federal court — 9 Xiu Shenzhen, 9 Xiu Feishu,

28 February, 2019
America Knocks Russian Trolls Offline in Cyber Strike

For months leading up to the American midterm elections last November, worry mounted among U.S. intelligence officials that Russia would try to disrupt the polls as a strike against democracy. It turns out, America struck first. The U.S. military launched an offensive cyber attack by cutting Internet access for several days at one of Russia’s

27 February, 2019
Study Links Rise of Populism with Anti-Vax Acceptance

If you are skeptical about vaccines than chances are you voted for a populist political movement. That is the conclusion of a research report by by Jonathan Kennedy from Queen Mary University of London published on Monday. What links the two trends is a similar worldview — “A profound distrust of elites and experts,” according

21 February, 2019
Russian Soldiers Now Forbidden Phones

For years social media posts by Russian soldiers have inadvertently provided digital footprints of Russia’s military presence from places where the government denies having troops on the ground. Now, the military is putting a lid on such leaks. A new law passed this week will kick active duty soldiers off the Internet for a five-year

20 February, 2019
Google Details its Battle Against Disinformation

At the Munich Security Conference last week Google unveiled new policies to tackle disinformation across its search engine, YouTube, Google News and advertising products at a time when the tech company is under attack for making fake news popular and easy to access. The 30-page report gives the most detailed explanation to date about how

19 February, 2019
UK Parliament Body Calls For New Facebook Regulation

A British parliamentary inquiry into fake news and disinformation has concluded that social media giants have violated data privacy laws and “malign forces intent on causing disruption and confusion” have interfered in elections both in the UK and globally. The report based on 18 months of research by a cross-party parliamentary panel, branded Facebook’s behavior

15 February, 2019
India’s Efforts to Stop Social Media Abuse Threaten Encryption

As India moves closer to implementing new strict tech rules that the government says would combat harmful social media content, WhatsApp has become the latest tech company to push back against the proposals — and push back hard. India, the world’s largest democracy and WhatsApp’s largest market, is gearing up for national elections later this

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