Tag "Kremlin Watch Briefing"

Sweden prepares itself for meddling attempts before the elections

Topics of the Week The Kremlin Watch Program is looking for an intern! If you would like to contribute to our work, send us your application for a four-month internship until February 11th. No worries, you do not have to come to the Czech Republic to work with us, the internship can take place externally. You can read more information on our website. According to reports, cyber-hackers with links to the

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Czech presidential gambit

Topics of the Week Unusual vigor: In a WSJ interview, President Trump spoke about protecting the integrity of US elections from foreign interference and stated that his administration is “looking at all sorts of failsafes” in order to prevent foreign meddling in the 2018 elections. Czech presidential gambit: Miloš Zeman faces run-off after topping Czech presidential elections. The President, who has been criticised for his warm relations with Russia and

Kremlin Watch Briefing: “Normal course of diplomacy” between the United States and Russia?

Topics of the Week “Normal course of diplomacy”: The Trump administration has scheduled talks to be held in late January between the head of US forces in Europe, Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, and the chief of the Russian armed forces and deputy defense minister, General Valery Gerasimov. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is expected to provide electoral security recommendations within one to

Kremlin Watch Briefing: French President will introduce a law against the spread of ‘fake news’

Topics of the Week French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he will introduce a law against the spread of ‘fake news’ in order to “protect democratic life”. The new rules will focus on the pre-election period, during which time the removal of false content will be permitted. A further goal is to enhance transparency by making the identity of sponsors of social media content public. The precise character of the new legislation remains to be seen. The

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The US Congress is proposing a bill to counter foreign interference

Topics of the Week The Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament (ALDE) put forward proposals to act on fake news and misinformation and call on platforms to provide more transparency. Moreover, they emphasise education and media literacy as a crucial tool. Former national security, intelligence, and foreign policy officials wrote an amicus brief(part of a lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump’s campaign) how the Kremlin used local actors to help amplify the

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Spain will acknowledge “misinformation campaigns” as a threat to national security

Topics of the Week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that the US won’t lift sanctions against Russia until the Kremlin withdraws Russian forces from Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Tensions between President Trump and his national security team continue to grow. Spanish authorities are to pass a new National Security Strategy that, for the first time, will mention “misinformation campaigns” as a threat to the country’s security. Despite the fact

Kremlin Watch Briefing: U.S. Congress should purchase more secure voting machines

Topics of the Week During a House panel last week, election experts stressed that Congress should increase funding to states so that they can purchase more secure voting machines that would make it harder for Russia (and other hostile actors) to hack US elections. France is planning to create a “study group” (similar to the EP or US Congress) in the National Assembly on “Cybersecurity and National Sovereignty”. No news

Kremlin Watch Briefing: More than 156,000 Russia-based accounts tweeted about Brexit

Topics of the Week British media reported that more than 156,000 Russia-based Twitter accounts spread messages about Brexit before the referendum took place in June 2016. In the 48 hours before the vote, more than 45,000 tweets about Brexit had been posted by these accounts. These findings come from a study published by data scientists at Swansea University and the University of California. Freedom House published its latest Freedom of

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts promoted Brexit

New Publication The Czech disinformation scene was studied and described in depth by one of our analysts, Markéta Krejčí. The study, published in New Eastern Europe, not only describes the disinformation ecosystem in the Czech Republic, including both fringe media and political representatives, but also points out that the government and civil society are putting a good effort to address the problem. Topics of the Week A network of Twitter

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Were Russian social media ads really pro-Trump?

Topics of the Week In their most recent article, Franklin D. Kramer of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and Lauren M. Speranza of the Atlantic Council suggest to “create a hub to monitor Russian activity, similar to NATO’s new hub for the south. This could be housed in Brussels with a joint NATO-EU unit, or perhaps in conjunction with NATO’s Joint Forces Command Brunsuum. It could also be

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