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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

Understanding and Combating Russian and Chinese Influence Operations

By Carolyn Kenney, Max Bergmann, and James Lamond, for the Center for American Progress Download the PDF here Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections has focused American attention on the long-standing and complicated subject of malign foreign influence operations. While Russia has brought this issue into the mainstream political conversation, concerns over the ability of foreign nations—particularly autocracies—to exploit the openness of America’s democracy in order to influence U.S. policy and

Made-in-China fake news overwhelms Taiwan

By I-fan Lin, for Global Voices Since 2016, when Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected as Taiwan’s president after the pro-independent Sunflower Movement, waves of disinformation have engulfed traditional and social media platforms in Taiwan — and much of it can be traced back to China. Taiwan has been ruled independently for decades, and Tsai decided to reject the “One China, different interpretation”, an agreement signed in 1992 between the

‘Fake news’ is in the eye of the beholder: China is centralizing efforts to stop online ‘rumors’

By Oiwan Lam, for Global Voices A new state-run platform is now centralizing efforts to stop online “rumors” in China. This is a significant step for China, where any piece of information that does not come from official government channels can be considered a rumor. Since 2012, Chinese authorities have undertaken a series of measures and campaigns to control online speech. Major social media platforms have been forced to implement community rules and reporting

Manipulation: Ukraine Supplying Weapons to China behind America’s Back

Ukraine is cooperating with China in the military sector ignoring its strategic partnership with the United States – that is the gist of a story carried by the Washington Times on August 15. The article by Bill Gertz deals with the supply of twenty engines for twelve Chinese Jl-10 jet trainer planes by the Ukrainian aircraft engine company Motor Sich. Gertz cites critics of the deal who claim that Washington

China Central Television backs Russian version of the Syrian crisis, saying chemical attacks were staged

By Oiwan Lam, for Global Voices Days after the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched airstirkes in Syria in response to the suspected use of chemical weapons near Damascus by the Syrian government, Chinese President Xi Jinping called British Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressing the need to cool down the conflict and investigate the chemical attacks. But China’s state-owned media outlets echoed Russia’s allegation that

A look inside China’s propaganda bureaucracy

By Jimmy Wu, for Global Voices At the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party Chinese president Xi Jinping crystallized his power in China. His ideas are now reflected in China’s constitution. Moving forward, newly-selected Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Huning, an academic-turned-politician, will lead the CCP Publicity Department for further propagating and theorizing Xi’s “China Dream” of national revival inside and outside China. For Xi, ideology is a major weapon

Fake news, criticism and censorship

By East Stratcom Speaking at the third Russia-China media forum in Moscow recently, Sputnik and RT’s Editor in Chief proposed that Russian and Chinese media should work together to tackle “fake news”. She did not go further into detail on how that should be done. But as an example she deployed a reoccurring disinformation theme – that of the White Helmets allegedly manipulating and staging situations in Syria. As “proof”

Fake: China rejects grain imports from Ukraine

Russia’s agency RT announced that China has rejected imports of Ukrainian soy, corn and barley because pests and nematodes were found in the shipments. RT cites the Ukrainian Consumer Protection Agency as a source. The Consumer Protection Agency informs on its site that a small amount of pests were found in certain fields growing grains intended for export to China. The affected area however is so small, that it could

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