Integrity Initiative: combatting-russian-disinformation

14 December 2018 — Cyber Guerilla

COMBATTING RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION

LAUNCHING AN ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN
TO INFORM, DEBUNK, AND COMBAT STATE-SPONSORED PROPAGANDA

INITIAL STATEMENT

Comprehensive action proposal

Strictly confidential

Opening Statement

INITIAL STATEMENT

Comprehensive action proposal

Strictly confidential

Disinformation – false and twisted information which is intended to mislead – was a constant of Soviet propaganda policy during the Cold War. But in recent years, the means in which it can be employed have shifted dramatically, with significant implications for its scale and influence. Today, the Internet allows “fake news” and “alternative facts” to spread like wildfire, via multiple unsecured points of influence. This means that purveyors of disinformation, notably state propaganda outfits like RT and Sputnik, now have the capacity to influence audiences around the world, notably via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The overarching objective of these campaigns is the same: to weaken Western democracies by aggravating societal divisions, damaging trust in institutions, and causing the public to question its “liberal” model.

combatting-russian-disinformation.pdf

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