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Don’t forget the offline influence world

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal Most disinformation research activities focus on the digital space. For understandable reasons, shares and retweets can be measured more easily than the spread of information in the analog, printed, or offline world. However, as the Czech Security Intelligence Service (Bezpečnostní informační služba, or BIS) reminds us in its fresh annual report, the non-digital information space can be just as important for the spread of

Countering Disinformation: Right Direction, Insufficient Speed

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal The recent #StratComDC event ended with a closed session where the top government specialists from North America, Europe, and Asia discussed countermeasures against disinformation campaigns. Given that the session was behind closed doors, what was said will remain private. But, while respecting Chatham House rules, it is worth highlighting two positive trends in the discussion. First, the whole debate was spent addressing how to

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

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

Defending democracy through media literacy

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal This is the transcript of a speech given by Jakub Kalenský at the International Workshop on Defending Democracy through Media Literacy in Taipei, Taiwan. Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Swedish Trade and Investment Council in Taipei, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, the two-day event underscores the commitment of freedom-loving

Layers of the disinformation ecosystem

By Jakub Kalensky, for DisinfoPortal Too often, discussions about countering disinformation revolve solely around social media platforms. Especially for politicians or other individuals in power, placing the focus and blame on the social media platforms is politically convenient; targeting tech companies and demanding they devise solutions allow governments or intergovernmental organizations to shoulder less of the blame for the problem of disinformation. However, the disinformation ecosystem expands far beyond the

Evaluation of the EU elections: Many gaps still remain

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal Just weeks after the European Parliamentary elections, the European Commission (EU) has issued a report on the implementation of the Action Plan Against Disinformation. After the reports by researchers, NGOs, and journalists, this is thus far the only official document that addresses disinformation targeting the recent EU elections. There is some good news in the document, but also some bad. The good news is

#EUelections2019: The danger of ignoring disinformation’s long-term goals

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal In recent interviews about disinformation in the run-up to the EU elections, many journalists and government officials focusing on the issue express surprise at the lack of a grand, sensational disinformation operation by the Kremlin. Observers such as these await the headline-grabbing emergence of the hallmarks of a disinformation strategy: hacked and leaked emails, deep-fake videos, and easily traceable social media operations, all ideally

EU sets up team to counter Russian propaganda

The European Union has created a team to fight Russian propaganda headed by Czech journalist Jakub Kalenský, Ukrainian newspaper Europeiska Pravda reported on Thursday, with reference to Czech news agency České Noviny. Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy led by HRVP Federica Mogherini, said that a team to counter Russian propaganda had already been created and it would work in full from autumn. “Due to the recent emergence

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