Information operations · Journalism

Washington Post’s ‘Bandito’ Tool Optimizes Content For Clicks


System promotes version of a story with most popular headline, images By Jack Marshall Feb. 8, 2016 2:34 p.m. ET The Washington Post is experimenting with technology to automatically optimize articles on its website for maximum readership. A new internally-developed tool, dubbed “Bandito,” allows editors to enter different article versions with varying headlines, images and… Continue reading Washington Post’s ‘Bandito’ Tool Optimizes Content For Clicks

#RussiaFail · #RussiaLies · Information operations

Is Russia Provoking A Turkish Invasion Of Syria?


What appears to be a pre-fabricated Russian “news” report. This has NOT hit the news yet. This was sent to me by a Ukrainian source, who received it from a Turkish Reserve officer. Russia will appeal, but they’ll also bomb Turkey. Want to bet? A provocation like this deserves payback. Russia, we all know you’re… Continue reading Is Russia Provoking A Turkish Invasion Of Syria?

China · CounterPropaganda · Information operations · Propaganda

Chinese students lack critical thinking ‘due to propaganda’


Sample size: 16. The sample size gives me pause, but the conclusion would be earth-shaking, if true. </end editorial>   Interviews with MA students in UK suggest that although few agree with Chinese government line, compulsory courses dull development of independent thought. February 10, 2016 By David Matthews Twitter: @DavidMJourno Chinese students at Western universities… Continue reading Chinese students lack critical thinking ‘due to propaganda’

#RussiaFail · #RussiaLies · Information operations · Russia

U.S. National Intelligence Director Says Russia Is Paranoid, Aggressive


In a surprisingly frank, honest and open article, The Moscow Times cites a number of internal problems in Russia. This is the most honesty I have seen out of The Moscow Times since the Finnish owners were forced to sell their majority shares due to Russian law. Previously, The Moscow Times was reliably shocking in that it uncovered… Continue reading U.S. National Intelligence Director Says Russia Is Paranoid, Aggressive

inform and influence activities · Information operations · Information Warfare

US to allocate funding for countries ‘most targeted by Russian aggression’


For the first time that I can remember, all four elements of national power are represented in a US national document. DIME, Diplomacy, Information, Military and Economic, represents the four elements of national power as taught at the US Senior Service Schools.  Perhaps there is hope for the future. Old dogs can learn new tricks. </end… Continue reading US to allocate funding for countries ‘most targeted by Russian aggression’

Daesh · Information operations · ISIL · ISIS · Islamic State

Countering ISIS: One Year Later Report


Dear Colleagues, Please find the enclosed report, “Countering ISIS: One Year Later”, which summarizes the conference on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), or Da’ish, conducted at the National Defense University in December 2015. The report re-assesses the assumptions, policies, and strategic objectives of the U.S.-led effort to counter Da’ish, and examines the… Continue reading Countering ISIS: One Year Later Report

#RussiaFail · #RussiaLies · Information operations · Russia · Syria

Why Are Russian Engineers Working at an Islamic State-Controlled Gas Plant in Syria?


Russia is not bombing Daesh targets as much as it is fighting Assad rebels. Russia also appears to be doing something called “war profiteering”.  Why isn’t Russia bombing this plant instead, taking away Daesh income? Follow the money, find the Russian corruption, indeed. </end editorial> Moscow says it’s at war with the jihadist group — but… Continue reading Why Are Russian Engineers Working at an Islamic State-Controlled Gas Plant in Syria?