Research

Fellow travellers: Russia, anti-Westernism, and Europe’s political parties

By Gustav Gressel, for European Council of Foreign Relations SUMMARY There is a large amount of ideological overlap between some European political parties and the Russian government. Significantly, these include parties considered to be ‘mainstream’ – it is not just ‘fringe’ parties that share elements of the Kremlin’s world-view. European political parties range from those that are ‘hardcore’ in their ‘anti-Westernism’ to those that are fully pro-Western. The former are

Information warfare in the Internet. Exposing and countering pro-Kremlin disinformation in the CEE Countries

Teaching children to distinguish fake news from the real ones as early as at primary school;  naming & shaming the authors of disinformation stories; regular meetings between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defence with journalists so as to expose disinformation techniques used against the government offices; as well as raising public awareness about pro-Kremlin disinformation via public media – these are just

Computational propaganda in Ukraine: caught between external threats and internal challenges

Social media being used by governments to spread fake news and manipulate public opinion, finds first comparative study of automated political propaganda worldwide Social media platforms are being used support campaigns of political misinformation on a global scale, according to evidence released today by researchers from the University of Oxford’s “Computational Propaganda” project, which studies the effect of new forms of digital propaganda on democracy. Detailed evidence of manipulation of

Awareness and Attitude toward the Problem of Disinformation and Propaganda in Mass Media

The research goal of the StopFake project was to find out the level of awareness and attitude of Ukrainian citizens regarding the problems of disinformation, informational manipulations and propaganda in the media. Research consisted of two parts: representative opinion poll and focus group discussions. The reason for this type of research design was the need to determine general tendencies in attitudes and opinions of the population towards the problems defined,

Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus

By Adam Hulcoop, John Scott-Railton, Peter Tanchak, Matt Brooks, and Ron Deibert, CitizenLab “Every external operation is first and foremost a domestic one: the single most important role of the agencies is to secure the regime.” — Mark Galeotti on Russian foreign intelligence Key Points Documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of the Russian government were manipulated and then released as a “leak” to discredit domestic and foreign

The activity of pro-Russian extremist groups in Central-Eastern Europe

Source: Political Capital About the project Political Capital documented the conducted research on Russian actors and hate groups in Central Europe and raised awareness of this pernicious influence among the wider public throughout 2016-2017 within the project supported by the National Endowment for Democracy. Together with partners from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, as well as Austria, Political Capital worked to produce comprehensive studies on the Russian influence

Key steps for countering Russian propaganda: A toolkit for journalists

Political Capital Institute prepared a toolkit on how to tackle Russian propaganda. The toolkit is mostly based on the workshops Political Capital held with the British Embassy Budapest last year, November and the two webinars which took place this year in February and March. Key steps for countering Russian propaganda: A toolkit for journalists

Warfare in a Post-Truth World: Lessons from Ukraine

Author: Yuri Zhukov, for PONARS Policy Memo PDF (PONARS Policy Memo) The U.S. intelligence community’s January 6 report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election highlighted the role of Russian media organizations in spreading fake news and amplifying leaked materials in an attempt to manipulate public opinion. While few Americans receive their news directly from Russian sources, it is hard to dispute that a major consequence is that U.S.

Understanding Russian “Hybrid Warfare” and what can be done about it

By Christopher S. Chivvis, RAND Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee on March 22, 2017. This report is part of the RAND Corporation testimony series. RAND testimonies record testimony presented by RAND associates to federal, state, or local legislative committees; government-appointed commissions and panels; and private review and oversight bodies.- Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered

Countering Information War Lessons Learned from NATO and Partner Countries: Recommendations and Conclusions

By Daniel Milo and Katarína Klingová, Globsec Policy Institute “Russia is waging the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare.“ Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Wales summit, September 2014. In 2013, General Valery Gerasimov published an article, now know famously as “Gerasimov’s Doctrine”, which defined information warfare as the combination of electronic warfare, cyberwarfare and psychological operations into a single, coordinated military effort.

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