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Dashboard Tracking Russian Propaganda in German Launches Today

The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Now Tracking Russian Disinformation Efforts in German

So, What is the Artikel 38 dashboard? 
Artikel 38 of German Basic Law dictates that “members of the German Bundestag shall be elected in general, direct, free, equal, and secret elections.” As such, the Artikel 38 von Hamilton 68 dashboard, a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, launches today to expose online influence networks and the themes and content they are promoting to German-language audiences ahead of the German Federal election and beyond through a near real-time look at Russian propaganda and disinformation efforts on Twitter.

Since Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election and the 2017 French election, Russia’s influence activities continue on multiple fronts. With Germany considered the linchpin to upholding a staunch European response to Russia’s aggression, the upcoming German federal election is Putin’s next disinformation target, and Artikel 38 will track it on Twitter.

Artikel 38 identifies the followers of @de_sputnik, Russia’s overt German-language propaganda channel, in three ways: the 500 most influential accounts, the 500 accounts most responsive to influence, and the 500 top accounts that most-often direct interactions to other followers of @de_sputnik, relative to interactions sent to non-followers.

Press Inquiries

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Kelsey Glover, Public Relations Manager, +1 202 683 2648,

Ahead of the German Federal Elections on September 24, Artikel 38 will help journalists and ordinary people alike identify Russian messaging themes and detect active disinformation or attack campaigns targeting German-language audiences. You can sign up for alerts and emails from the Alliance for Securing Democracy here.

The Artikel 38 and Hamilton 68dashboards are the collective research and development of Clint Watts, J.M. Berger, Andrew Weisburd, and Jonathon Morgan. This team is working with the Alliance for Securing Democracy to develop strategies to secure democracies against external assault.

Alliance for Securing Democracy

The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) led by Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly, will develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.

GMF Analysis on the German Federal Elections

Germans will head to the polls on September 24. The international context of the election is challenging. GMF has the latest analysis from its leading experts in Berlin and around the world. As one of the biggest European economies, Germany is simultaneously viewed with hope as a leader for Europe and for the multilateral world order, as well as with anxiety as a major power in the heart of Europe. The federal elections have strong implications for the future of European, transatlantic, and global policies.


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