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New Atlanticist: Disinfo Week Special Edition – 24 June 2017


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Here’s How to Fight Back Against Russian Political Warfare
Alexander Vershbow / @ARVershbow

In essence, using largely non-military means, Russia is trying to undo decades of progress toward a more stable and integrated Euro-Atlantic community.  […] Using cyberattacks, disinformation, economic warfare and “active measures,” it aims to weaken and divide NATO and the European Union (EU), which it sees as the main obstacles to its expanded power in Europe, and to reduce their attractiveness to other European nations.
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Why Bot Makers Dream of Electric Sheep
Ben Nimmo / @benimmo

Social media “bots” have repeatedly made headlines over the past year, accused of driving traffic and distorting debate on social media platforms, especially Twitter, in the US, French, and UK elections. But what are bots, and how do they work? In social media terms, a bot is an automated account set up to make posts without human intervention. […] The effect is to make a user, message, or policy appear more popular and influential than it actually is.
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Why Talk About Disinformation Now?
Alina Polyakova / @alinasphere

Disinformation has become a hot topic since Russia’s interference in the US presidential elections in 2016. As seventeen US intelligence agencies agreed in December of last year: “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.” This influence operation aimed to undermine faith in democracy and the credibility of the Western institutions.
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How Xi and Putin Humiliated Obama at the G-20
Anders Aslund / @anders_aslund

On September 4-5, the G-20 held its annual summit in Hangzhou, China, President Xi Jinping’s home. G-20 summits tend to be meaningless, but this one appears to have been outright harmful. The signature event was when President Barack Obama’s Air Force One was not met with a staircase, and it went downhill from there.
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