29 Dec 2021

India Blocks YouTube Channels In First Deployment Of New IT Rules

In India, twenty YouTube channels and two websites have been blocked under emergency powers granted by the IT Act. This marks the first time that India has used the IT Act to take action in terms of content moderation. According to officials, the banned channels were running anti-India content from

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20 Dec 2021

CSET Releases Part II of Series: AI and the Future of Disinformation Campaigns

Part II of the Center for Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) series is available which “examines how AI/ML technologies may shape future disinformation campaigns and offers recommendations for how to mitigate them.” We offered an analysis of Part I of the series (CSET Introduces a “Disinformation Kill Chain”) earlier this month.  Disinformation is not new, of course, but the scale and severity seem to have reached a zenith, broadsiding contemporary politics, public health policy, and many other domains.  You name it, disinformation is in the mix scrambling truth and reality.

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15 Dec 2021

Commissioners Krebs, Hurd et. al. Deliver Commission on Information Disorder Final Report

The Commissioner on the Information Disorder Final Report opens by clearly sounding an alarm: “Information disorder is a crisis that exacerbates all other crises. When bad information becomes as prevalent, persuasive, and persistent as good information, it creates a chain reaction of harm.” We take a look at Commission on Information Disorder Final Report. What sets this research apart? In our final analysis, of the many formative efforts to research and provide solutions to the misinformation crisis, this report is the seminal document to date for how best to frame this issue.

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09 Dec 2021

CSET Introduces a “Disinformation Kill Chain”

AI and disinformation are the timely subjects of a new series of policy briefs from the CSET. Part I of the series, AI and the Future of Disinformation Campaigns, Part 1: The RICHDATA Framework, was just released.  Disinformation is not new, of course, but the scale and severity seem to have reached a zenith, broadsiding contemporary politics, public health policy, and many other domains.  You name it, disinformation is in the mix scrambling truth and reality.

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03 Dec 2021

Twitter removes another 3,000 state-backed accounts linked to six countries

Twitter has reportedly removed roughly 3,465 state-backed accounts from its platform in an effort to limit the influence of information manipulation and disinformation campaigns on the site. Twitter explained that they identified and removed eight different distinct operations that were traced back to China, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Venezuela.

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15 Nov 2021

Social Media Platforms Operate More As Independent States, Not Their Proxies

An independent watchdog journalism organization recently published a report that alleged that a team within Facebook attempted to influence Nicaragua’s presidential election. Facebook deleted the accounts of the country’s “top news outlets, journalists and activists, all of whom who supported the ruling left-wing Sandinista government.” Facebook, and social media writ large, has been consistently under the microscope since hostile actors used those platforms to help sow discord during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Even an after-action U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment found that influence operations, disinformation, and fake news were actively distributed via these social media channels, calling attention to how responsible these companies should be for the information created and passed on their platforms.

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11 Nov 2021

Former CISA Director Krebs and Former Congressman William Hurd both Commissioners on Information Disorder Report

Former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Christopher Krebs is a co-chair of the Commission on Information Disorder Report. Commission members include the OODA Network’s Congressman William Hurd, along with other leading internet researchers and policymakers. The Commission Report is an effort by Aspen Digital, a program of the Aspen Institute, which focuses on global, multidisciplinary issues across “cybersecurity, the information ecosystem, emerging technology, the industry talent pipeline, tech, and communications policy, and innovation.”

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09 Nov 2021

Meta Platforms’ Facebook will Remove Detailed Ad Targeting Options; The Filter Bubble Transparency Act Pending in Congress

There have been two major developments on the “disinformation and influence campaign” front. First, Meta Platforms just announced that they will be removing certain ad targeting options and expanding ad controls. Second, the House this week introduced the Filter Bubble Transparency Act, which “would require large-scale platforms to allow those users to consume information outside of a potential manipulation zone or filter bubble.”

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04 Nov 2021

Ransomware Hoax Spins Disinformation in a New Direction

On August 22, 2021, the “new” ransomware group Groove emerged on a nascent but fairly exclusive Russian-language DarkNet cybercrime forum. Groove was around for two years focusing their activities on financially motivated industrial espionage. However, what garnered substantial attention was Groove’s call to arms – calling on other extortion groups to attack U.S. interests after law enforcement shut down the group’s operations after an unknown entity hijacked their DarkNet domains. In the end, Groove proved to be an instructional disinformation hoax.

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05 Oct 2021

The Information Threat Vector(s): Why Facebook Regulation and Accountability Matters

Facebook has been headlining the news the last three days – and not in a good way.

Why are the scale, scope, and impact of Facebook and its family of social media platforms (Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.) so important?

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