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The unequal aplication of advertising transparency

By Sara Nelson, for Disinfo Portal The role of social media and search engine companies in political campaigning and elections is under scrutiny. Concerns range from the spread of disinformation and profiling users without their knowledge, to micro-targeting users with tailored messages, and foreign election interference. Significant attention has been paid to the transparency of political ads, and more broadly to the transparency of online ads. While these concerns are

Manipulation of history – yet another tool of Russia’s hostile influence operations against Poland

By Stanisław Żaryn, Spokesman for Poland’s Minister-Special Services Coordinator One of areas Russia heavily exploits in its hostile information activities against Poland is history. For the Kremlin, this year’s 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War was a good occasion to push multiple manipulated narratives. They included not only quasi-historical bits, but also attempts to meddle with the current political agenda. Yet, such activities are just a

The US investigations highlight Europe’s laxity on disinformation

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org On October 8, the United States Senate Intelligence Committee released its updated report on Russian interference into the 2016 US presidential election. Labeled as “the most comprehensive look at the efforts of the now-infamous Russian propaganda factory,” this new Senate report is another entry on the long list

Trolling Trudeau: Fears of foreign interference in Canada

By Marcus Kolga, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org Foreign interference in Canadian elections has been a major concern since Russian entities interfered in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Before and during the 2019 Canadian federal election, authorities warned that foreign governments would attempt to influence the federal election process. While some major disinformation operations have taken

“’Information war’ is a Term Used by the Kremlin to Justify Disinformation”

By EU vs Disinfo Roman Dobrokhotov is a Russian journalist and the editor-in-chief of the independent outlet The Insider. He has earned international recognition for exposing government-sponsored disinformation in Russia, often working together with international partners. Notably, The Insider’s collaborative investigation with Bellingcat into the chemical attack in Salisbury in March 2018 received this year’s European Press Prize Investigative Reporting Award. In this exclusive interview, Roman Dobrokhotov shares his reflections on the

The oligarchs are the main disinformation proxies in Bulgaria, says local expert

By Metamorphosis Foundation, for Global Voices This interview originally appeared on Meta.mk News Agency, a project of Metamorphosis Foundation. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement. Rumena Filipova is DPhil and MPhil in International Relations, University of Oxford, having completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. She taught undergraduate courses at Oxford University, and she has been a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center,

What more could we want from social media platforms

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal When it comes to countering information operations online, the most frequent approach so far has been to target “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” This gives platforms the opportunity not to focus on content, but instead on the deceptive manner in which bad actors pretend to be someone other than who they really are. Additionally, not focusing on content itself allows companies to dismiss common criticisms that

Bulgaria Challenges Moscow: Sofia fights back against Russia’s distortions of history

By Janusz Bugajsky, for CEPA Despite Bulgaria’s NATO membership, Moscow has exploited its historically cordial ties with Sofia to undermine the country’s Western commitments. However, a struggle is now intensifying between traditional pro-Russia lobbies and Western-leaning activists who are reasserting Bulgarian identity. To fully affirm its distinctiveness, Bulgaria needs to reclaim its history, uphold its sovereignty, and thwart Moscow’s pernicious political influences. Russian officials have traditionally depicted Bulgarians, similarly to

Kseniya Kirillova: Countering Russia’s ‘ideologies for export’ propaganda and disinformation war

By Ksenia Kirillova, for Homeland Security Today The theme of the need to confront Russian propaganda is relevant for most Western countries for at least the past few years. As Russian “information operations” spread around the world, more and more initiatives are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centers that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media.

Is Turkey the Trojan Horse of NATO?

More and more often the need of creating the European army, the army functioning besides the NATO is brought up. It would protect the borders of European Union member states. The proponents of this conception point out that in NATO structures we have such Trojan Horses as, e.g. Turkey. Can we really expect any actions deconstructing the structure of the alliance from Turkey? “I think that all solutions alternative to

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