Tag "China"

The best defence is good offense

By EU vs Disinfo Pro-Kremlin Coordinated Efforts on Disinformation The new coronavirus epidemic is dominating the news this week, and this is clearly reflected in the flow of disinformation from pro-Kremlin outlets. The narrative on the virus is getting focused on hinting on it being man-made, and probably manufactured by the same British lab that poisoned the Skripals. The virus is further tailor-made to target Asians and spread by the

Coronavirus puts Southeast Asian anti-fake news laws to test

By VoA News A bevy of new laws across Southeast Asia barring dissemination of fake news are being put to the test by the spreading coronavirus, with bloggers in at least two countries facing possible prison time for postings as short as one sentence. Authorities say they are merely trying to prevent public panic about the coronavirus, but critics say that arresting people for social media posts is excessive and

Disinformation Groundhog Day

By EU vs Disinfo It is Groundhog Day in the world of pro-Kremlin disinformation, with WWII revisionism and the coronavirus continuing to dominate our disinfo caseload this week. According to Punxsutaney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, winter will be ending early this year. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Kremlin’s persistent disinformation efforts surrounding World War II and the coronavirus outbreak – shadows that even poor Phil

Russian media spew U.S. coronavirus conspiracies for domestic audience

By Polygraph Igor NikulinRussian biochemistry and military expert“China is surrounded by American military labs, and there is a U.S. consulate in Wuhan, the staff of which could have delivered the dangerous cargo to the PRC.”Source: RIA Novosti, Jan. 27, 2020 Misleading Russian domestic media spin false conspiracies blaming the United States for the coronavirus outbreak. On Jan. 28 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the coronavirus 2019-nCoV had spread

Fake: Deadly Chinese Coronavirus found in Ukraine

The pro-Russian site Strana.ua which according to a recent independent fact checking study is in the top five least truthful media outlets announced on January 27 that the deadly Chinese coronavirus strain has been identified in Ukraine. Strana’s fake story was immediately picked up by Russian RT. Ukrainian media also raised a panic but after a while most sites rushed to edit their earlier posts, removing phrases such as “deadly

How ’fake news’ and disinformation were spread in the run-up to Taiwan’s presidential elections

By New Bloom, for Global Voices This post first appeared in the online magazine New Bloom on January 6, 2020, before the presidential election took place in Taiwan. This edited version is being republished on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement. There are two dissemination channel categories: online and offline Puma Shen (沈伯洋), assistant professor at the National Taipei University’s Graduate School of Criminology and director of the Taiwan-based

Handbook on сountering Russian and Chinese шnterference in Europe

By European Values Analysis of the texts of annual intelligence reports has proven what the European Values Center for Security Policy has been claiming for years. The hostile influence operations are not a random occurrence, nor are they a phenomenon that concerns a few countries only. In fact, our research has uncovered a broad consensus among the intelligence agencies in terms of existing tactics and tools applied by Russia and

China’s Mid-Election Information Campaign in Taiwan

By Ketty W. Chen, for Disinfo Portal In the midst of the struggle between authoritarian influence and democratic resilience, Taiwan stands at the forefront of China’s sharp power. The People’s Republic of China has always claimed that Taiwan is “an inalienable part of its territory since the beginning of history.” But in recent years Beijing has become increasingly impatient and agitated as Taiwanese, especially Taiwanese youth, grow increasingly distant from

The Global Disinformation Order: 2019 Global inventory of organised social media manipulation

By Computational Propaganda Research Project Over the past three years, we have monitored the global organization of social media manipulation by governments and political parties. Our 2019 report analyses the trends of computational propaganda and the evolving tools, capacities, strategies, and resources. 1. Evidence of organized social media manipulation campaigns which have taken place in 70 countries, up from 48 countries in 2018 and 28 countries in 2017. In each

Russia’s influence arcenal: Watch out, this is what China is learning from Russia 

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Last week’s column looked at six political warfare tactics common to Russia and China, and three that are used (so far) only by the regime in Beijing. That leaves eleven Kremlin-only ones. For convenience, they are in (English) alphabetical order. First is the exploitation of economic, ethnic, linguistic, regional, religious, social, and other divisions. This is a hallmark Russian approach. Chinese divide-and-rule tactics focus on

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